Even before the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, our fledgling nation began celebrating the increasingly real idea of being “a land of the free and the home of the brave” with festive fireworks. However, fireworks during the American Revolution were not a new invention. These explosive devices were developed in ancient China more than 700 years earlier and over time traveled to the New World with some of America’s first explorers. Set off to create mischief, draw crowds and celebrate holidays, fireworks were very popular forms of entertainment among colonists. In honor of the first Independence Day celebration in 1777, a 4th of July fireworks display was set off in honor of the United States – and the rest is history!
For the sake of merrymaking, politicking and general revelry, interest in the art of pyrotechnics increased throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s no surprise that 4th of July fireworks became a popular way to celebrate American independence and democracy in cities and towns around the nation. Today, the biggest 4th of 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 awe at 40,000 fireworks launched over the historic Hudson River. Can you even imagine the awe and wonder our founding fathers’ would have over this type of over-the-top to-do! Other elaborate Fourth of July firework 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 don’t feel like jockeying into position for a crowded 4th of July fireworks event, there is nothing to stop you from creating your own pyrotechnics show in the backyard – local ordinances permitting! Elicit “oohs” and “ahhs” from friends and family with a crayon-box collection of colorful 4th of July fireworks that pay tribute to our fine land with a star-spangled salute. From massive, multi-break aerial fireworks that explode out in red, white or blue bursts to Old Faithful-like ground fountains that spew up shimmering sparkles, you’ll be pledging your allegiance to the awesome and amazing 4th of July fireworks found at All Spark Fireworks. If youngsters are expected your gathering, make sure to have sparklers, snap-pops, confetti blasters and other fun firework novelties on hand so all ages can have a hands-on part in the good, old-fashioned fun.