"The 4th of July was celebrated with joy and festivity, fine performances, a number of toasts, followed by a discharge of artillery and small arms. And at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks and the city was beautifully illuminated. Thus may that glorious and memorable day be celebrated through America by the sons of freedom, from age to age
till time shall be no more."
From a 1777 newspaper, describing a scene in Philadelphia, on the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independance
God Bless America!