KABOOM: Why We Illuminate the Sky on July 4th

Ever wondered why we celebrate our nation's freedom every July 4th with massive, beautiful explosions in the sky? How did this tradition originate? Turns out, this custom has been practiced from the very beginning. Fireworks have been around for about as long as the land of the free, and it seems they're here to stay.

John Adams Predicts Illuminations

After being under British rule for over a century, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, 1776. Two days later, on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. During this time, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail Adams, predicting celebrations of America's independence from that day forward.

He proclaimed that it would be commemorated with:

“pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."

Well, Mr. Adams, you were right.

The First Fireworks

The following year, in 1777, the first celebratory fireworks were set off to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our independence. An excerpt from the Virginia Gazette retold the events of that July 4th, which took place in Philadelphia:

Yesterday the 4th of July, being the Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, was celebrated in this city with demonstration of joy and festivity…The evening was closed with the ringing of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated. Every thing was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal. Thus may the 4th of July, that glorious and ever memorable day, be celebrated through America, by the sons of freedom, from age to age till time shall be no more. Amen, and amen

The years to follow have been no different. Every July 4th has been a day for Americans to celebrate their glorious freedom and bask in the independence claimed by them in 1776.

Celebrations of the Citizenry

By 1783, fireworks became available to the general public, giving citizens the freedom to set them off on their own doing.

In 1870, Independence Day was recognized as a federal holiday, making it even easier to celebrate the birth of a free nation.

Over two centuries later, July 4th is still widely celebrated as the most monumental day in our nation's history. Based on statistics by U.S News, around 103 million people will attend some sort of firework show or celebration for Independence Day. Furthermore, consumers spend an average of $755 million on fireworks each year.

Looks like John Adams called it. Americans love to celebrate their freedom.

So, be safe out there, and keep on poppin' the fireworks!

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There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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It should come as no surprise that a newsworthy story receives more media coverage when released on a Monday than a Friday. The reason is in part due to a large number of news-consuming Americans checking out for the week to focus on their weekend plans rather than the news.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck shared information that President Joe Biden decided to release on Friday — when fewer people would notice — regarding the Climate Finance report. This report is marketed to Americans as "A Roadmap To Build a Climate-Resilient Economy." But Glenn believes the report to be Biden's Great Reset warning shot to banks.

In this clip, Glenn warned that if Americans don't stand together, in eight years we all indeed will own nothing. Watch the clip for the full story. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.



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On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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