Fourth of July was celebrated on social media bright and early on Tuesday morning.
Stars were quick to take to Instagram to wish their followers well on the annual American holiday, which is also known as Independence Day.
Brooke Shields was one of the first celebrities to post as she wished her fans well while sharing a pretty throwback photo from her modeling days. ‘Happy 4th! US be safe,’ wrote the actress in her caption.
Reese Witherspoon wore a flirty summer outfit as she held a cool drink while spreading her Independence Day cheer.
Kate Bosworth also said hello to her fans as she wore a cute bikini while on the beach.
Sharon Stone posted a photo of one of her more dramatic paintings – the Basic Instinct has taken up painting in the past few years.
Michael Douglas wore a suit in this image where he wished his fans a fun 4th.
Sean Stewart was seen with his wife Jody Weintraub as they posed in pajamas from his company Dirty Weekend while on a private jet to Europe.
Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence, which was ratified by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, establishing the United States of America.
4th! Fourth of July – which fell on a Tuesday this year – is here. Stars were quick to take to social media to wish their followers well on the annual American holiday that is also known as Independence Day. Brooke Shields was one of the first celebrities to take to Instagram to wish all well as she posted a pretty throwback photo from her modeling days. ‘Happy 4th! US be safe,’ wrote the actress in her caption
Happy 4th of July! Reese Witherspoon wishes her followers a great Independence Day as she posed in a flirty dress
On July 4, 1776, the Founding Father delegates of the Second Continental Congress declared that the Thirteen Colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III.
They became united, free, and independent states.
The Congress voted to approve independence by passing the Lee Resolution on July 2 and adopted the Declaration of Independence two days later, on July 4.
In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees and in 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
Stars were happy to ring in the big four day weekend.
Bosworth shared a photo taken on a sandy beach which was a part of her Roxy collaboration from May.
Stewart got cozy with his wife Weintraub as they wore his jammies. The lifestyle brand was created by Stewart with a focus on unique signature pieces that include fashionable leisure streetwear. The Dirty Weekend collection includes hoodies and sweatpants to trucker hats and t- shirts. Fans include his dad Rod Stewart, pal Scott Disick, and icon Madonna.
Camilla Morone of Daisy Jones And The Six fame lay in bed with a blonde woman in Paris on 4th of July.
All-American beauty: Kate Bosworth shared a photo taken on a sandy beach which was a part of her Roxy collaboration from May
She loved the color red: Model Coco Austin posed in a red and white string bikini as she had a pool day on the 4th. In her caption she said she was at the Great Wolf Lodge as she said her daughter Chanel loved the waterslides
Real nice: Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice wore a royal blue top and worn in, faded blue jeans as she wishes fans a ‘Happy 4th’. She added a red, white and blue heart
He is a designer! Sean Stewart was seen with his wife Jody Weintraub as they posed in pajamas from his company Dirty Weekend while on a private jet to Europe
Dirty in first class: The fun Dirty Weekend pajamas feature a pink car with palm trees
Stone posted a painting of a woman’s face.
The Sliver star used red, pink and blue tones for the impressive image.
In her caption she seemed to have a typo as she wrote, ‘Happy Forth Of July.’ She added USUSUSUSUSUSUS.
Her Basic Instinct star Douglas also shared a post.
The husband of Catherine Zeta-Jones wrote, ‘Happy 247th Independence Day to you all! Have a happy one, just remember what we are celebrating! #HappyFourthofJuly.’
Model Coco Austin posed in a red and white string bikini as she had a pool day on the 4th. In her caption she said she was at the Great Wolf Lodge as she said her daughter Chanel loved the waterslides.
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice wore a royal blue top and worn in, faded blue jeans as she wishes fans a ‘Happy 4th’. She added a red, white and blue heart.
Reality TV maven turned jewelry designer Kristin Cavallari wore a tiny and tight black dress with heels on her 4th of July weekend.
TV hostess Kelly Ripa wore a red-white-and-blue US flag T shirt with tinsel ears as she posed with husband Mark Consuelos for their morning show.
So pretty: Sharon Stone posted a photo of one of her more dramatic paintings – the Basic Instinct has taken up painting in the past few years
Family ties: Ryan Seacrest was seen with his father as they posed next to a US flag
Still madly in love: Gwen Stefani wore a white and red top as she was next to her husband Blake Shelton
A good day to plug Good American: Khloe Kardashian posed in her brand Good American which sounds perfect for 4th Of July
The Fourth of July is Americana at its core: parades and cookouts and cold beer and, of course, fireworks.
Those pyrotechnics also make it an especially dangerous holiday, typically resulting in more than 10,000 trips to the emergency room. Yet fireworks remain at the center of Independence Day, a holiday 247 years in the making.
Here are five things to know about July Fourth, including the origin of the holiday and how fireworks became part of the tradition.
The American flag wasn’t always revered as it is today. At the beginning, it was an afterthought.
WHAT’S THE ORIGIN OF INDEPENDENCE DAY?
The holiday celebrates the Second Continental Congress’ unanimous adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, a document announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain.
One year later, according to the Library of Congress, a spontaneous celebration in Philadelphia marked the anniversary of American independence.
But across the burgeoning nation, observations didn’t become commonplace until after the War of 1812. It quickly took off: The Library of Congress notes that major historic events in the 19th century, such as groundbreaking ceremonies for the Erie Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, were scheduled to coincide with Fourth of July festivities.
HOW DID FIREWORKS BECAME A JULY FOURTH TRADITION?
The display of pyrotechnics has been a big part of Independence Day from the outset. Founding Father John Adams saw it coming.
Commemoration of America’s independence ‘ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more,’ Adams wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail, dated July 3, 1776.
Fireworks were around centuries before America became a nation. The American Pyrotechnics Association says many historians believe fireworks were first developed in the second century B.C. in ancient China by throwing bamboo stalks into fires, causing explosions as the hollow air pockets overheated.
By the 15th century, fireworks were widely used for religious festivals and public entertainment in Europe and early U.S. settlers carried on those traditions, the association said.
Early on Tuesday: TV hostess Kelly Ripa wore a red-white-and-blue US flag T shirt with tinsel ears as she posed with husband Mark Consuelos for their morning show
Kissing Kate: Kate Hudson shared a photo where her fiancé Danny Fujikawa was planting a smooch on her cheek
HAS A PRESIDENT EVER REFUSED TO CELEBRATE?
Presidents from George Washington to Joe Biden have celebrated the nation’s birth on the Fourth of July, with one exception: Adams.
His letter to his wife aside, Adams refused to celebrate the holiday on July 4 because he felt July 2 was the real Independence Day. Why? It was on July 2, 1776, that the Continental Congress voted in favor of the resolution for independence, though the Declaration of Independence wasn’t formally adopted until two days later.
Adams was so adamant that he turned down invitations to festivals and other events, even while serving as the nation’s second president. Ironically, Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, both died on the 50th anniversary of the document’s formal adoption, July 4, 1826.
HOW POPULAR ARE FIREWORKS?
Consumer sales of fireworks have grown rapidly over the past two decades.
Statistics from the American Pyrotechnics Association show that in 2000, American consumers spent $407 million on fireworks. By 2022, that figure rose to $2.3 billion. The biggest jump came during the COVID-19 pandemic, when public fireworks displays were shut down. Consumer sales jumped from $1 billion in 2019 to $1.9 billion in 2020.
Sizzling hot in black: Reality TV maven turned jewelry designer Kristin Cavallari wore a tiny and tight black dress with heels
A funny guy: Alec Baldwin shared a photo of watermelon as he wished all a ‘happy 4th’
‘People went to the fireworks store beginning Memorial Day weekend and they just didn’t stop,’ said Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association. ‘They were firing off fireworks all of 2020. It shocked the industry, to be quite honest with you.’
Sales are expected to rise another $100 million this year, the association said. It helps that the Fourth of July is on a Tuesday, creating essentially a four-day weekend.
ARE FIREWORKS DANGEROUS?
Despite widespread education efforts, thousands of Americans are badly injured by fireworks each year, and this year is no exception.
Late Saturday night, firefighters and medics were called to Lexington Township, a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas, for reports of a shed on fire and arrived to find fireworks actively exploding from the burning shed and several people lying injured on the ground. Firefighters, medics and local police dragged the victims from the area to safety, and four people were taken to hospitals — two with serious injuries, Northwest Consolidated Fire District Chief Todd Maxton said in a statement.
A fun 4th in France: Camilla Morone of Daisy Jones And The Six fame lay in bed with a blonde woman in Paris on 4th of July
Blue suit: Bella Thorne wore a blue bikini as she took a mirror selfie on 4th Of July weekend
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2022, 10,200 people were treated at emergency rooms and 11 deaths were blamed on fireworks. About three-quarters of injuries happened in the period around the Fourth of July.
About one-third of the injuries were to the head, face, ears or eyes. Finger, hand and leg injuries are common, too.
‘I have seen people who have blown off fingers,’ said Dr. Tiffany Osborn, an emergency room physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. ‘I’ve seen people who have lost eyes. I’ve seen people who have significant facial injuries.’
Children under 15 make up nearly one-third of those injured by fireworks. Sparklers often are blamed for burns to children under age 5. Osborn suggested giving small children glow sticks or colorful streamers instead.
For those planning to shoot off fireworks, Heckman urged finding a flat, hard, level surface away from structures and other things that could catch fire. The person responsible for the fireworks should avoid alcohol. Children should never ignite them.
Osborn encouraged having a bucket or hose nearby in case of fire or explosion. Shoot off one at a time and walk away quickly after igniting, she said, and never relight or handle a malfunctioned firework. When done, shovel up the remains and soak them before disposing.
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