4th July Fireworks
4th July Fireworks
At the birth of our country, America began embracing the ideal of becoming “a land of the free and the home of the brave” with celebratory fireworks. The Revolutionary War hadn’t even drawn to a close, yet the colonists shot off a statement of independence with airborne fireworks sent overhead. These pyrotechnic effects were invented by the Chinese in the 12th century. Incorporated into religious, social and cultural events, the popularity of fireworks spread throughout Europe. Finally, early settlers brought fireworks to the New World and later in 1777, America honored the first Independence Day with a 4th of July fireworks display. This fireworks show would become the impetus for the now annual event.
Interest in the art of pyrotechnics grew in favor during the 18th and 19th centuries. A 4th July fireworks show became the signature way to pay tribute to American independence and democracy in all corners of the country. Today, the biggest 4th July fireworks show is the “Macy’s 4th of July” celebration in New York City where more than 2 million live spectators and 12 million television viewers gawk in amazement at 40,000 fireworks launched over the historic Hudson River. We’re pretty sure our founding fathers’ would have approved of this red-white-and-blue inspired revelry. Other humongous 4th July fireworks shows include “Pops Concert at the Esplanade” in Boston, “Welcome America!” in Philadelphia, “Independence Day Celebration” in Washington, DC, “Freedom Over Texas” in Houston and more.
If you aren’t into watching a large public 4th July fireworks show, you can still enjoy having a blast. Plan and execute your own pyrotechnics display at your home or the nearby vacant lot – local laws permitting! The “oohs” “ahhs” and clapping will come from your amazed audience in awe with the colorful 4th July fireworks blasting in the sky. Large aerial fireworks that break out in red, white or blue bursts to geyser-like ground fountains that spew up shimmering sparkles, you’ll be the guy or the gal of the hour with your star-spangled salute. If kids are part of your July 4th fireworks event, keep sparklers, snappers, confetti blasters and other exciting firework novelties on hand so everyone can take part in some good, old-fashioned July 4th fireworks fun.
Finish off a spectacular show with a grand finale of extra special 4th July fireworks launched one after another – spark, crackle, boom! Or, create a display board for sparklers that writes out your patriotic message. Music also makes an entertaining add-on for your 4th July fireworks. Strike up the band (or your iPod) to play the 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes Forever, America the Beautiful or any other crowd-pleasing song. With the power of pyrotechnics lighting up the sky over the glorious American landscape, your 4th July fireworks show will be exploding with style.