HFM 141 | Why Does the US Celebrate the 4th of July the Way It Does?

July 4, 2016



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?

Much of the trappings of the Fourth of July date back to Renaissance Italy, and even further back to Imperial China. But the actual form of the holiday came into existence even before America itself. Listen to learn more.


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Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally)

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