Hundreds of people turned out for the KTBS 3/KPXJ CW 21 Independence Day Festival. Numerous boats gathered on the river for a day of fun in the sun and an evening of fireworks.
The first time fireworks were used to celebrate July 4th was on July 8th, 1776. The next year on July 4th, 1777, the first official July 4th celebration was held. The day was celebrated with the firing of guns, cannons, bonfires and fireworks. July 4th was not declared an official federal holiday until 1941. Before then, the 4th of July was still celebrated around the county but not as much as it is today. Once July 4th was named as a federal holiday, more people started celebrating and using fireworks.
Now, nearly everyone celebrates the 4th of July with fireworks of some kind and almost every city in our great country has some kind of special celebration of its own.
While it is a part of history to shoot guns in the air on this federal holiday, it is against the law to do so. The discharge of firearms into the air in celebration is a violation of the law in all areas. The act of discharging a firearm in the air is seen by some as a harmless expression of their parent culture or of good cheer. The reckless use of any firearm is hazardous and the act of indiscriminately discharging a firearm in celebration is not as harmless as some believe.
Celebratory gunfire has caused injury, death and property damage worldwide. Any falling object of sufficient mass accelerated by gravity alone has the potential to cause serious injury or death. There are several documented instances of citizens being killed by celebratory gunfire in the United States.
Fireworks on the river begin at 9 p.m.
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