July 4 is arguably the most important date in the history of the U.S. John Adams had some specific thoughts on how the day should be celebrated: “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.” And inventors have long obliged the Founding Father with tech for the celebration.
IN 1923 Arthur Dean received U.S. Patent No. 1,513,536 on a Toy Mortar suitable for Independence Day celebrations.
In 1902, Edward Howard received U.S. Patent No. 716,547 on a Toy Gun for celebrating Independence Day:
In 1931 Harold Barnes received U.S. Patent No, 1,809,825 on a safety cracker for celebrating Independence Day, and hopefully saving little patriots’ fingers.
In 1962 George Eddy received U.S. Patent No. 3,034,786 on an Action Toy for celebrating Independence Day:
In 2001, a group lead by Michael Sullivan, received U.S. Patent No. 3,034,786 on a Thermochromic Candle.
So go ahead and celebrate with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, but be careful!