why do we shoot off fireworks for the fourth of july?
do they signify the bombs bursting in air or what.
- A FLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
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"The bombs bursting in air" is a phrase from The Star-Spangled Banner, which was written in 1814. That was 38 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which is what is being celebrated on the 4th of July. (Of course, you probably already knew that.)
The reason we use fireworks as part of the 4th of July celebration is this:
John Adams (a Founding Father and signer of the Declaration), wrote a letter to his wife, and said that Independence Day "will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America...It will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews [performances], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations [fireworks] from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
And so that is what Americans do today.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The holiday was first observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, but it was not declared a legal holiday until 1941.
Fireworks were originally invented in ancient China in the 12th century to scare away evil spirits and China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world. The value of fireworks imported from China in 2007 amounts to $207 million.
In comparison, the U.S. exported only $14.9 million.
America’s earliest settlers brought fireworks to the United States and used them to celebrate important events, including the Independence Day celebration of 1777.
- 6 years ago
The question was not "What is the history of fireworks?", it was "Why do we shoot off fireworks for the 4th of July?".
- masince1986Lv 61 decade ago
I don't shoot fireworks--EVER-- for 2 simple reasons: 1)I have more sense than money , and 2)I see no value in someone making a lot of noise and by invaribably hurting themselves or others just in order to attract a lot of cheap attention
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- ChanaLv 44 years ago
I grew up around them in Illinois and now live around them in Delaware -- they don't shoot off fireworks.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The rockets' red glare, man! The bombs bursting in air! Gave proof through the night that OUR FLAG was still there! OUR FLAG was still there, therefore we won our independence and now we can celebrate any way we want. Except with sodomy, which is still illegal in some states.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
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Fireworks originated in China some 2,000 years ago. The most prevalent legend has it that fireworks were discovered or invented by accident by a Chinese cook working in a field kitchen who happened to mix charcoal, sulphur and saltpeter (all commonly found in the kitchen in those days). The mixture burned and when compressed in an enclosure (a bamboo tube), the mixture exploded.
Some sources say that the discovery of fireworks occurred about 2,000 years ago, and other sources place the discovery sometime during the 9th century during the Song dynasty (960-1279), although this could be confusion between the discovery of gunpowder by the cook and the invention of the firecracker.
Some sources suggest that fireworks may have originated in India, but in the October 18, 2003, online edition of The Hindu, an Indian national newspaper, the Chinese are credited with the discovery of gunpowder.
A Chinese monk named Li Tian, who lived near the city of Liu Yang in Hunan Province, is credited with the invention of firecrackers about 1,000 years ago. The Chinese people celebrate the invention of the firecracker every April 18 by offering sacrifices to Li Tian. During the Song Dynasty, the local people established a temple to worship Li Tian.
The firecrackers, both then and now, are thought to have the power to fend off evil spirits and ghosts that are frightened by the loud bangs of the firecrackers. Firecrackers are used for such purposes today at most events such as births, deaths and birthdays. Chinese New Year is a particularly popular event that is celebrated with firecrackers to usher in the new year free of the evil spirits.
To this day the Liu Yang region of Hunan Province remains the main production area in the world for fireworks. It is important to remember the geographic origin of fireworks, because often detractors of the fireworks industry say that fireworks are produced in China to take advantage of cheap labor. But the reality is that the fireworks industry existed in China long before the advent of the modern era and long before the disparity in east-west wage rates, and hopefully the fireworks industry will exist long after the existence of communism has an effect over the Chinese economy.
Generally Marco Polo is credited with bringing the Chinese gunpowder back to Europe in the 13th century, although some accounts credit the Crusaders with bringing the black powder to Europe as they returned from their journeys.
Once in Europe, the black powder was used for military purposes, first in rockets, then in canons and guns. Italians were the first Europeans who used the black powder to manufacture fireworks. Germany was the other European country to emerge as a fireworks leader along with Italy in the 18th century. It is interesting to note that many of the leading American display companies are operated by families of Italian descent such as the Grucci family, Rozzi family, and Zambelli family.
The English were also fascinated with fireworks. Fireworks became very popular in Great Britain during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. William Shakespeare mentions fireworks in his works, and fireworks were so much enjoyed by the Queen herself that she created the position of "Fire Master of England." King James II was so pleased with the fireworks display that celebrated his coronation that he knighted his Fire Master.
In the modern era, the American fireworks industry really began to influence Chinese manufacturers following President Nixon's normalization of relations with the Chinese Communist government in the early 1970s. Prior to that time, business was being done between U.S. and Chinese companies through Hong Kong brokers with little or no direct contact with mainland manufacturers.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the distribution channels in China were essentially state owned factories producing fireworks that were then exported through government owned provincial export corporations. Products produced in Hunan went through the Hunan Export Corporation, and products produced in Jiangxi went through the Jiangxi Export Corporation, and so on. During this period, factories were not required to make a profit, but rather their goal was to keep people working in a region of China where there was no real industry other than agriculture. The Chinese government subsidized these factories to keep production going.
The Provincial Export Corporation in turn sold to Hong Kong brokers who were the link between Mainland China and the foreign business entities. The Hong Kong brokers procured orders, arranged logistics, and helped finance shipments to the U.S. distributors.
It was also during this time period that the first formally educated leader of China, Chairman Deng Xiaoping, saw what his counterparts in the former Soviet Bloc did not see, and that is that Communism simply did not work economically. Chairman Deng begSource(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4th_of_july funeral http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks#U.S._Indepe...