As long as Americans have celebrated their independence, they’ve done so with fireworks.​

The day before signing the Declaration of Independence, John Adams opined that Independence Day was to be celebrated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Good luck buying any of those “illuminations” in the Land of Lincoln.

Illinois is one of only six states in the country that bans fireworks for a vast majority of its residents.