Distinctly American Holidays: July 4th

It’s  11pm, and you’re relaxing after a long day of chasing children when suddenly, you hear what sound like gunshots.  If it’s the end of June or early in July, chances are, there’s no need to be alarmed, it’s just fireworks.Fireworks

July 4th, or Independence Day, is celebrated in the U.S. every year.  The anniversary isn’t actually the day the U.S. was independent of British rule, but the anniversary of the colonies declaring their independence.  And it’s a pretty big to-do.  Generally, the celebration includes parades, cookouts, parties, and, official fireworks displays.

Unfortunately for Hoosiers who like to get to bed early, it also means a few weeks of amateur fireworks displays, as Indiana is one of many states that does not place much restriction on fireworks.

If you’d like to join in the festivities, here’s a list of this year’s official displays, most of them sponsored by cities/counties, companies, or civic organizations.  And if you’re planning to have your own DIY fireworks display, please be safe and check out these tips!

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