The Scoop: A Quick History On Fireworks
We have John Adams to thank for using fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July. As a part of the festivities in signing the Declaration of Independence John Adams stated in a letter to commemorate the occasion with “illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward evermore.”
The first fireworks to celebrate our independence were set off on July 4, 1777 in Philadelphia, one year after signing.
A majority of the fireworks used for big displays and backyard BBQ’s are made in China, like many products in the U.S. Most of the work that goes into making the fireworks is still done by hand. To learn more about where they come from, check out Jesse Veverka’s article “Liuyang: Where the world’s fireworks are born.”
There are many different types of fireworks that you can buy. The ones you set off in the backyard will only go so high but the professional ones make all kinds of shapes big and small. Here are some of the different shapes you might see.
Now that you know why we have fireworks, how they’re made, and what they’ll look like, where you should you go to see them? In Boston you might consider going to…
– Prudential Tower
– Bunker Hill
– Wright Tower
– Museum of Science
– Robbins Farm Park