Many of the special events in Animal Crossing either coincide with or are inspired by real-life holidays, from the series’ thinly-veiled take on Thanksgiving, the Harvest Festival, to Halloween and the New Year’s Eve countdown. And in the series’ GameCube installment, this also held true for the Fourth of July. While more recent Animal Crossing titles celebrate a weekly fireworks show in August, the original featured one annual display on the same day America celebrates its independence.
Of course, the reason for the fireworks festival in Animal Crossing is a little different than in America (it’s to commemorate the opening of the town’s train station, which I suppose in its own way can be considered a symbol of freedom), but it’s no less enjoyable to watch, thanks in large part to the beautiful melody that accompanies the show. More recent Animal Crossing games like New Leaf feature a more upbeat tune alongside their fireworks display, which does a nice job of capturing the excitement of watching fireworks light up the night sky, but the original’s subdued melody creates a more relaxing atmosphere, making it one of my personal favorite pieces of music in the entire series.
From all of us at Nintendojo, we’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!