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#36: (Q&A) Why Is July 4 Celebrated The Way It Is (Fireworks n' Hot Dogs)?

#36: (Q&A) Why Is July 4 Celebrated The Way It Is (Fireworks n' Hot Dogs)?

Why do Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks? Are we trying to take the National Anthem as literally as possible, creating “Bombs Bursting in Air”? Or is there another reason?

It turns out that much of the festival trappings of the Fourth of July date way further back than most realize. They even predate the founding of the United States. Many of the most cherished “American” traditions go back to Renaissance Italy. Some even extend back to Imperial China.

However, hot dogs are still pure U, S, and A. Nothing can change that.

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