Many years in our past, and still today, it has been a tradition to set off fireworks on the 4th of July. It’s a fun way of enjoying a wonderful sight, while also seeing the beautiful stars. Fireworks come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. The big finale at the end of the display sparkles and shines and is a sure delight to the eye. People don’t just set off fireworks on the 4th. They also do it on other holidays, such as New Year’s Eve. Some even buy them for a little pizazz at a nice get together. It’s all just a joyful sight to see.


Canons and gun powder were used to set off fireworks. Back then they only had two colors that they could produce. Orange sparks from black powder, and white sparks from metal powders. In the 1830’s, scientists discovered that lead can produce chemicals that create different colors. The brightness of the color can be controlled by how much metallic salt you put in with the chemicals.


But why do we do fireworks on the 4th of July? America’s earliest settlers brought fireworks to the U.S. And decided to use them to celebrate important events. Also “The Bombs Bursting in Air” is a phrase from the song “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which was written in 1814. That was just 38 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which is being celebrated on the 4th of July. In Philadelphia, the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence took place, with church bells ringing and musical bands playing on July 4th, 1776. Celebrating it’s one-year anniversary, on July 4th, 1777, they had many bonfires and shot off fireworks because of the signing. Fireworks are still presently shot off to remember the history of America.

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