Wednesday, July 3, 2013
4th of July Fireworks in Florida for 2013
The 4th of July has been a major holiday in the South since 1776 and in Florida since 1821.
During the War Between the States, Floridians - both Union and Confederate - continued to honor the Founding Fathers. Each side believed that it represented the true legacy of the Founders and during Reconstruction even came close to blows over which political party - Southern Democrats or the Party of Lincoln - had the right to celebrate the holiday.
In Jackson County, the men and boys who enlisted to fight for the South included direct descendants of Paul Revere (of Midnight Ride fame) himself. Thousands of other Floridians descended from men who had fought against the British during the American Revolution.
The celebration of the 4th of July continues in fine fashion today, with events set across the state for July 3rd and July 4th.