By Faye Gaston

According to Union Springs City Clerk, Presetta "Necee" Walker, the City's annual 4th of July fireworks display on the evening of the 4th has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Union Springs street department will display the American flag flying from poles in the downtown area.

The most common symbol of the 4th of July holiday is the American flag. The national anthem for America is about the flag, "The Star Spangled Banner."

Bullock County citizens can set off their fireworks in areas that are not full of houses and with precautions for safety from personal burns and from causing a fire to buildings or trees, etc.

The tradition of setting off fireworks on the 4th of July began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, during the first organized celebration of the birth of America's independence from Great Britain.

The Sons of Liberty set off fireworks over the Boston Common. The Fourth of July in 2020 will be on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, or July 4th, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. Still, the tradition of celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776, delegates from 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historical document written mostly by Thomas Jefferson.

From 1776 to the present day, July 4 has been celebrated with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, concerts, family gatherings and barbecues.

This year's celebrations will be one of avoiding crowds due to the COVID-19.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were delegates to the Continental Congress and served on a committee of five to draft a formal statement of justifying the break with Great Britain.

Both served as President of the United States and were "Founding Fathers" of America.

Both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

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