Did you know? Fireworks were invented in ancient China in the 12th century to scare away evil spirits, as a natural extension of the Four Great Inventions of ancient China of gunpowder. Fireworks take many forms to produce four primary effects: noise, light, smoke, and floating materials. They are designed to burn with colored flames and numerous sparks including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and silver. Today, there is no limit as to how colorful and bright fireworks displays can be. These displays are common throughout the world and are the focal point of many cultural and religious celebrations.
One of the most important celebrations involving fireworks for Americans is July 4th. The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777, six years before Americans knew whether the new nation would survive the war. Fireworks were a part of all festivities. In 1789, George Washington’s inauguration was also accompanied by a fireworks display. This early fascination with their noise and color continues today. Even small communities have fireworks displays on the 4th of July, keeping up with the age-old tradition.