Fireworks. They illuminate the night and mesmerize all who gather to watch their colors burst across the sky with a comforting crackle and pop. Fireworks in town squares, front lawns and across lakes have become a beloved and highly anticipated part of each 4th of July in America. Family and friends of all ages gather together to share in the unique experience.
The first Indepence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777. It was the vision of John Adams that Americans set off these tiny explosions to celebrate newly found freedom. A local paper in Philadelphia recorded: “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks… and the city was beautifully illuminated…Everything was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal.”
It is clear that most people enjoy the feelings that arise while watching a fireworks show. For some, it is the nostalgic, peaceful lull of warm summer nights. For others, it is the technical detail that is apparent in a well planned and orchestrated show. And for others, it is simply that fascinating combination of color and pop.