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Fourth of July Fireworks (Grade 3)

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Fourth of July Fireworks

American - FireworksOn the Fourth of July, the United States celebrates the anniversary of its birth. Americans celebrate the holiday with parades, cookouts, and other activities, but no Fourth of July celebration is complete without FIREWORKS.

Why do Americans celebrate the Fourth of July by setting off fireworks? Because that's the way it has always been done.

On the first anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a large celebration was held in the city of Philadelphia. A cannon was set off for each state in the union. A parade was held. People had a large dinner. Then 13 fireworks were set off in the sky. Other cities soon took on the tradition.

In the earlier days, the fireworks shows were simply and featured only red, white, and blue fireworks. Today, fireworks shows are longer and more elaborate. The shows are often set to music and feature many colors other than red, white, and blue.
1. 
What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Fireworks aren't just for the Fourth of July.
  2. Americans have always celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks.
  3. Fireworks on the Fourth of July have changed over time.
  4. The Fourth of July isn't about the fireworks.
2. 
Based on the passage, you can infer that 13 fireworks were set off...
  1. because that was all they had
  2. because that was the number of states in the union
  3. because fireworks were very expensive to set off
  4. because 13 was considered a lucky number
3. 
According to the passage, what is one way fireworks have changed?
  1. They are set off later in the evening.
  2. They feature many different colors.
  3. They do not represent the same thing.
  4. They are used for more than just the Fourth of July.
4. 
According to the passage, where was the first Fourth of July celebration held?
  1. Boston
  2. Washington D.C.
  3. Philadelphia
  4. New York
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