When you ask someone what their Fourth of July plans are, they almost always involve some kind of cook out, followed by “and then we’ll watch the fireworks at…” Fireworks are a huge staple of celebrating Fourth of July and have every kid screaming with either excitement or fear during the show.
John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife on July 2. 1776, before the Declaration of Independence had even been signed that he envisioned a celebration “withPomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” The next year, on July 4, 1777, the first fireworks honoring Independence Day were set off. Ever since then, fireworks have been sparked throughout the Nation every July 4th.
Check out some of Discovery Education’s videos to explore more about fireworks, what happens behind the scenes of the show, and more
It is also important to remember safety precautions while dealing with fireworks. In 2011, 9,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms, and an estimated 17,800 reported fires were started by fireworks. We wanted to remind you of a few things to keep in mind while handling fireworks this holiday.
- Read all directions, caution labels, and warning labels beforehand
- Know and obey your local firework laws
- Do not allow young children to handle the fireworks
- Only use the fireworks outdoors
- Only use fireworks in the way they are intended for
- Never relight a “dud” firework
- Soak used fireworks in water before throwing away
- Wear safety goggles and gloves
- Do not aim fireworks at anyone
Discovery Education also has a video segment on Firework Safety for you to watch before handling fireworks:
From all of us at Discovery Education, we hope you have a fun and safe Fourth of July! Enjoy the show!