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TOPEKA — With two baseball games underway before noon at East Park, it was surely a patriotic July 4 in Topeka.

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Do you watch a community fireworks show or do you purchase and set off your own fireworks?

One of the hallmarks of July 4 celebrations, when we mark our nation’s independence, is fireworks. According to history.com, “The tradition of setting off fireworks on the 4th of July began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, during the first organized celebration of Independence Day.” Do you watch a community fireworks show or do you purchase and set off your own fireworks?

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