By Chrissy Zopf
Independence Day is celebrated annually, in the United States, on July 4th. This tradition dates back to the 1700s when the United States declared its freedom from Great Britain. On July 4th, 1776, two days after Congress voted for independence, the Declaration of Independence was published. The term Independence Day was first coined in 1791 and the day, July 4th, became a federal holiday to celebrate political freedom nearly 100 years later in 1870.
Today this holiday is celebrated in many ways. Many Americans celebrate by having picnics with friends and family. Picnics often include grilling, games, swimming, and fireworks. Other Americans take a day or two off and spend a long weekend at their favorite vacation site, while some attend baseball games or parades. Many places have a firework display on, or around, the Fourth of July. Homes and businesses will display their patriotism by hanging an American Flag outside of their home or business.
Here in the Valley there are many places to see a firework display this July 4th. Locations and times can be found listed below:
Coplay- July 3rd at sundown
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs @ Coca Cola Park- July 3rd post game
Allentown @ J. Birney Crum Stadium- July 4th 9:20 p.m.
Allentown @ Dorney Park- July 4th 9:00 p.m.
Bethlehem @ Sand Island- July 4th 9:00 p.m.
Jim Thorpe @ Jim Thorpe Memorial Park- July 6th 10 p.m.
Emerald @ Emerald Fire Co. – July 6th 10:30 p.m.
Northampton @Municipal Park- July 14th at closing of Community Days Fair