In towns all across the U.S., this means
Each city puts on its own fireworks display. They usually start as soon as it gets dark. People come early to save a good spot and to have a picnic before the fireworks start. The end of the display is signaled by the Grand Finale–the most exciting fireworks set off all at once. It’s very loud and dramatic.
Children want to get in the act, too. Their parents usually also buy some smaller, safer fireworks, like this sparkler, that they can light at home outside, or while they are waiting for the big fireworks display to begin.
At their picnics, people often serve red, white, and blue food, like these popsicles. They dress in red, white, and blue clothing.
They might decorate their houses with red, white, and blue bunting or American flags if they are feeling especially patriotic.
Here are some extra readings and videos about the Fourth for you to practice your English even more: