The earliest fireworks were developed in China as long ago as the second century B.C. These first natural fireworks were bamboo stalks that would explode when thrown into a fire due to the hollow air pockets in the bamboo. The resulting bang was believed to ward off evil spirits. Then around 600-900 A.D., a Chinese alchemist mixed potassium nitrate, sulfur and charcoal to produce the first black powder, or gunpowder. By pouring into hollowed bamboo sticks, or later, stiff paper tubes, the first actual fireworks were produced. Over time, the Chinese learned to add chemical substances to create colored smoke and fire.
Fireworks made their way to Europe in the 13th century and were widely used in religious festivals and public entertainments by the 15th century. European rulers used fireworks to “enchant their subjects and illuminate their castles on important occasions.”
The European love of fireworks came to America with the early settlers. In fact, fireworks were a part of the very first Independence Day, celebrating as John Adams declared, “with pomp, parade….bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”
Today, fireworks and July 4th are a national tradition. However, fireworks have become a spectacular part of many other celebrations such as founder’s day celebrations, New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, and other national holidays. They have even found their way into personal celebrations like weddings, birthdays, and family reunions.
Whether you want to put on your own display or want to bring in an expert to handle all the details, you can’t go wrong with the expertise and products from Northstar Fireworks of East Montpelier and St. Johnsbury, VT. With over 35 experience, they are happy to help you plan an event that will fit your budget, awe your audience, and light up the night sky!
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