I was wondering if we had 4th of July fireworks celebrations in the U.S. during the World Wars. Thank you.
During both WWII and WWII the 4th of July celebrations were extra important because we were at war. The 4th was celebrated wherever our troops where stationed overseas, and of course at home.
The only question would be the use of fireworks during the Second World War. Since just about everything was rationed during that time, it is unlikely that the black powder needed for the war effort would have been "wasted" on fireworks.
There may have been a small public display in Washington D.C., but since no explosive powder was available to the general public, it is not likely there were fireworks anywhere else.
However, since there was no rationing during WWI, it is probable that the fireworks displays were extra exuberant throughout the country.