While you're waiting for those fireworks, why not check out and read a good book?
Patriotic Holidays of the United States: An Introduction to the History, Symbols and Tradition. JK1761 H46 2006
Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation. E176 R63 2004
The Chemistry of Fireworks. TP300 R87 2000
Old World, New World: Great Britain and America from the Beginning. E183.8 G7 B57 2008
Not everyone was so keen on independence:
Tories: Fighting for King in America's First Civil War. E209 A45x 2010