America's most cherished holiday, Independence Day, has come, and the people of Western New York have celebrated this day in style. All over the region, people celebrated the United States' 248th birthday.

From the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performing at Sahlen Field for the Buffalo Bisons to municipalities all over the 716 hosting firework celebrations all this week, Americans get down on the 4th of July.

Why Do Americans Shoot Fireworks On The 4th of July?

Since America's first independence celebration on July 4, 1777, we have celebrated separating from England with bombs bursting in the air. Just look at the lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner for proof.

The Encyclopedia Britannica gives a full and complete explanation of why we pop firecrackers on this day.

Buffalo's Fireworks Celebrations Were Tracked On Weather Radar

We know Americans love their fireworks. Current data suggests that more than 270 million pounds of fireworks were used by Americans on the 4th. Even with increased prices of fireworks across the nation, consumption remains well above pre-COVID-19 levels.

If you have any doubt about a number, you don't have to look any further than the weather radar stations in Buffalo.

So many folks in Western New York had fun shooting off their fireworks that it appeared on Doppler radar.

You can see the large concentrations of pyrotechnics from the southtowns to the city and even up into the northtowns. You can even see the joint fireworks in Niagara Falls, USA, and Niagara Falls, Canada.

While the bulk of fireworks displays occurred on July 4th, celebrations are likely to continue throughout the weekend. What better way to have fun on our birthday?

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America's Most Deadly (and Safest) Holiday's

A study conducted by the Omega Law Group analyzed fatal accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) to see which of the main twelve holidays in the USA saw the most fatal accidents. Here are America's Most Deadly and Safest Holidays.

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