On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote in letter to his wife, Abagail that the Decaration of Independence "ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations (fireworks) from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
So at least the idea of celebrating American independence with fireworks is as old as this country itself. Since then the shows have gotten much bigger and much more colorful.
This year Port Jefferson residents can see a fireworks display over West Beach. The Chamber of Commerce website also says that a band will be playing at East Beach. But there are so many place to chose from to get your fill of fireworks on Long Island.
So Patch wants to know: Where will you be viewing fireworks on the Fourth of July?