FOURTH OF JULY FAMILY-FRIENDLY AND FUN FIREWORKS

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Fireworks are as American, as well, Independence Day. While celebrating America’s independence is the purpose of this holiday, since the first Fourth of July celebration in 1777, fireworks have definitely been the stars of the party.

With that kind of history, it’s no wonder why so many families – and their children – want to participate in this colorful tradition. Lighting fireworks and firecrackers, however, must always be handled with care and safety in mind. This is especially important if you’re handling fireworks around children.

But there’s no reason to let your fireworks tradition fizzle this Fourth of July – with a few fireworks safety tips, you can make your Fourth of July both family-friendly and fun.

  1. Never leave children unsupervised around fireworks, firecrackers and even sparklers. Fireworks are very hot and can be unpredictable. Make sure an adult is always around to light firecrackers and supervise the little ones.
  2. Don’t hold fireworks or firecrackers in your hand – ever. Always light fireworks on the ground. For sparklers, make sure to always keep a safe distance away from your face and the sparkler.
  3. Never light more than one firework or firecracker at a time.
  4. Be sure to point fireworks away from people and homes.
  5. Soak used fireworks and firecrackers in water before disposing – whether you lit them or not.

Click here for more fireworks safety tips that will help you and your family celebrate safely without sacrificing your Fourth of July celebration.

For the best deals on fireworks fun for the entire family, visit Alamo Fireworks. Alamo Fireworks opens for Fourth of July on June 24, and stocked full of fireworks, firecrackers, sparklers, fountains, rockets, roman candles and more. With locations in San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Laredo and Victoria, Alamo Fireworks is the best place to buy your Fourth of July fireworks. And don’t forget to check out our Alamo Fireworks YouTube channel with dozens of videos showcasing our most popular firework brands!

 

DALLAS-FORT WORTH FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORK DISPLAYS: ALAMO FIREWORKS TEAM TOP PICKS

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Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes fireworks shows held every year in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Since Alamo Fireworks calls Texas home, our team knows where to go to experience the biggest bang in public fireworks displays and shows. Here are our top picks to add to your calendar.

DFW Fourth of July Fireworks Displays 

Independence Day has plenty of public fireworks displays guaranteed to make your Fourth of July one worth celebrating.

  • A great event for the entire family, Fort Worth’s biggest fireworks display is free and held at the Panther Island Pavilion along the beautiful Trinity River.
  • Frisco Freedom Fest is another great Fourth of July celebration with a great fireworks display. This Independence Day, enjoy the fun at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center in Frisco.
  • Fair Park Fourth has a big display and happens during the State Fair of Texas. Enjoy Fourth of July at Fair Park in the Cotton Bowl with fireworks that will definitely make your celebration brighter.
  • In Addison, Kaboom Town! celebrates our nation’s Independence Day with a fantastic fireworks show that is considered one of the best in the United States.

Year-Round DFW Fireworks Displays

If you like seeing fireworks displays all year-round, you’re in luck! DFW has several places that offer fireworks shows any time of the year! The Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and of course, Six Flags, Arlington all are known for not only providing great entertainment for the entire family, but lighting the sky with fireworks, too!

Alamo Fireworks Helps You Make Your Own Celebration

Feel like having your own celebration? Visit Alamo Fireworks and make your own memorable fireworks display. With convenient locations across the DFW area, Alamo Fireworks is your number on fireworks fun place.

APRIL SHOWERS: WHEN TO CANCEL YOUR SAN ANTONIO FIREWORK SHOW

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In most months, weather is rarely a concern when planning a firework show in San Antonio. But April can bring rain, which could put a damper on your big event. While rain is probably not what you envisioned for your big show, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to cancel your firework show. If the weatherman is predicting rain for the day of your big display, here are a few factors to consider before going through with your show.

Lighting Fireworks in the Rain

In most cases, rain will not stop your fireworks from firing. As long as the fuse stays dry, once it is lit, the firework should go off the same when it is raining as in dry weather. However, keeping the fuses dry can be an issue. If you are planning a big show, you may need to add some protection to keep your fuses dry. A plastic bag or wrap covering each fuse set up for your show can keep them dry until you are ready to begin, yet be quick enough to remove to stay on your schedule.

Also, keep in mind to have extra lighters or torches if you will be lighting fireworks in the rain. Lighters or even torches can be temperamental in the wet weather, so have extras under cover in case your first few begin to falter.

Safety Concerns

Wet weather can reduce the chance of starting a fire, but there are other safety issues to consider. If the rain is too heavy, it can be hard to see. You should never be igniting fireworks without good visibility. Also, if the wet weather fogs your goggles so that you must remove them, it is no longer safe to light fireworks.

Another concern is the wind. While you can still light and enjoy a firework show in the rain, if it will be windy, you may need to consider delaying or canceling your show. If the wind is blowing toward where your spectators will be, it could be dangerous to light fireworks.

Cancel or Will the Show Go On?

If the weather forecast is calling for a light April shower, most likely you don’t need to cancel your firework show. However, if it is calling for heavy rains and high winds, it could be trouble. You must consider the safety of your spectators as well as those lighting the fireworks. Plus, if it is an outdoor event, many people may not want to be outside in the rain, or be able to see the display through the rain. It is a judgment call, but scattered showers shouldn’t stop the show, while a torrential downpour might be a good reason to postpone your show for another day.

Rain or shine, Alamo Fireworks is here to provide you with the best fireworks for your show in San Antonio. Check out all our great deals online or visit one of our store locations for all your firework needs.

PARTY PLANNING: FIREWORKS TIPS

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Hosting a large party successfully begins with the preparation. From planning the food to organizing the entertainment, you have a hundred details to take care of before the big day. If incorporating a firework show into your next party is part of the plan, you will want to make sure that everything is ready to go smoothly when the time comes. To make sure your party and firework display is a success, here are some tips to help you get ready for the event.

  • Decide when and where to begin your show. Is your firework show going to be the big finale of the night? Where will you set up for the best view for your guests? Knowing what time of day and what visual hurdles you will be dealing with will help you decide what types of fireworks to buy for your show.
  • Shopping for your fireworks. Before you can plan your firework show, you need to know what will be in your arsenal. Instead of planning your show, then buying what you need, it may be easier to buy what you want and plan the show around your purchases. Shop online or at one of our Alamo Firework locations to get everything you need well before the big day.
  • Coordinating your firework show. Once you have your products, you can make a plan for your firework show. It can be fun to plan your display to music, using the song to give you cues on when to ignite your different pieces. Whoever will be in charge of the show should be involved in helping plan the event so that everyone knows what is expected.
  • Preparing your firework display area. You will need a clear, flat area that is free of combustible materials for your firework display area. Pavement or cement is ideal, but you can also lay down a large plastic tarp or plywood to create a safe spot. Make sure you have all the tools you need, including a backup igniter, a large bucket of water for dousing fireworks and safety gear for your firework crew. Keep in mind to shoot fireworks away from the crowd and structures. Also ensure that party guests will be far enough away to be safe from errant airborne fireworks.
  • Enjoy your party. By getting everything ready for your firework show ahead of time, you can focus on the other details of the party. Eat, drink and be merry with your friends and family. Then when it comes time to entertain your guests with the magnificent firework display you prepared, you know everything is in place to make it a success.

Make your next party memorable by adding a colorful firework show. Come visit us at Alamo Fireworks to get all the supplies you need for your next big event. From party novelties to large aerial displays, we have everything you need to create a firework show that will leave your party guests amazed.

SHOULD I HAVE FIREWORKS AT MY WEDDING?

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Planning your wedding is an incredible experience. This is the day you have always dreamed of, finally coming true with the love of your life. You want everything to be perfect, from the flowers to the cake. So when it comes time to think about the entertainment, you want something that will make the day even more special.  For many couples, a firework display is the perfect end to a perfect day. The question is, should you have fireworks at your wedding?

Fireworks can be a fantastic way to punctuate the evening of your wedding. You could have a display ignited when you begin your first dance as a married couple, or use it as a finale to the night when you leave for your honeymoon. However, not every couple or wedding is ideal for a firework show. Here are some things to consider:

  • Is the venue right? Depending on where you are having your wedding or reception, fireworks could be a great addition, or almost impossible. An outdoor wedding or a reception area with an outside view are needed for guests to enjoy the show. Keep in mind you may need permits or permission to use fireworks at some venues.
  • Timing. One of the most important parts of adding a firework show to your wedding plans is timing. You will want it to be dark enough to enjoy the colors, so often the firework is the finale at weddings. However, if you have a late wedding, you may be able to use fireworks earlier in the ceremony or reception.
  • Firework crew. You will need to have a crew to manage your firework display. You can hire professionals but many people save money by organizing their own firework show for their wedding. However, you will need someone you can trust to manage the firework show for your big day.
  • Pictures. Make sure you have a plan to capture your firework display. You will want to make sure your photographer is aware of the firework show so he can have the right equipment to catch it on video and in still-pictures. A great wedding photo of you and your new spouse with fireworks bursting in the background is a fantastic memory; however, you will need the right spot with the right camera to get the shot.

If you decide that fireworks are definitely in the plan for your wedding, don’t forget to add some novelties for the day. Beyond the large display, make sure to purchase plenty of novelty gifts for your guests so they can get in on the fun. Champagne poppers and heart-shaped sparklers are a wonderful way make your reception festive throughout the night.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! If you decide that you want to add a firework show to celebrate your big day, we have everything you need at Alamo Fireworks. Shop our online store or visit one of our convenient locations to get all your supplies for your wedding firework show.

5 STEPS FOR PLANNING A FIREWORKS SHOW

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Have you been put in charge of planning the firework show for your next big event? If it is your first time putting together a firework display, you will want to start planning your event as soon as possible to make sure it goes off without a hitch. Here are five basic steps to preparing for your big show so that everyone has a safe and fun time.

1.) Know the laws and regulations for your area.

Fireworks are heavily regulated so it is important to know what fireworks are legal in your area and when it is legal to use them. Before you start making any preparations for your firework show, make sure it is legal in the town where the event will be and if there are any restrictions on the types of fireworks you can use.

2.) Determine your budget.

Before you begin shopping, decide how much you want to spend and budget accordingly. Aerial cakes will be your biggest expenditure, so if your budget is limited, you will want to limit your big aerial shots for the finale. You can still create a wonderful show using fountains, smoke balls, missiles, rockets and other smaller fireworks that are less expensive. If you have a larger budget, you can add in aerial displays throughout your show. Once you have your budget determined, you can head to your nearest Alamo Fireworks store to purchase your fireworks.

3.) Scope out your firework display area.

You will need to decide where you will be lighting off your fireworks and have a flat, cleared spot for your display area. A paved area is ideal, but you can lay down plywood to create an even spot without grass or combustible material. You will want to be far enough away from the audience and have access to water for fire safety.

4.) Make a written plan.

The best choreographed firework shows are carefully planned for setup and timing. Write a schematic on where to place your fireworks so that they are easy for you and any helpers to light in the order. Small items like smoke balls and fountains should be in front toward your audience, with larger items like aerial cakes and rockets at the back. Decide the order in which you light each sequence and make sure everyone helping knows the plan. You can visit the Alamo Firework website to view videos of many of the fireworks we sell, helping you create a vibrant and well-sequenced show.

5.) Be prepared for the unexpected.

Be ready for anything and be safe. Have plenty of punks and possibly a small butane torch available to light your show. You should also be wearing goggles and earplugs for protection. Keep a large bucket of water near your display area to soak any duds that do not fire. Once it is time to begin, make sure everyone except you and your helpers are at least 50 feet back, and then begin your show.

At Alamo Fireworks, we have everything you need to make your first firework show a success! Come visit one of the stores to get the best quality fireworks and expert advice from our knowledgeable staff.

GIFT YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER WITH A FIREWORK SHOW THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

heart shaped firework display

Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day? Whether you plan on popping the question, or want to show your partner of twenty years that they are still your one and only, a firework show is a wonderful way to celebrate. Here are a few ideas of firework options that will work great for your Valentine’s Day firework gift to your significant other.

Plan a Late Night Picnic

Want to surprise your Valentine with an amazing firework show and romantic dinner? Instead of going to a crowded restaurant, plan a quiet picnic- quiet until the main event starts! Light up the night and your partner’s heart with a big aerial show. Try the Juicy 49-shot 500-gram aerial cake for a grand finale.

Firework Proposal

If you plan to propose, a fireworks show is a great way to make it memorable and take a selfie with your new finance with fireworks going off in the background. It will be a great engagement story and a night you will both look back on for many years to come. Every time you see a firework show together, it will remind you of the night you asked and she said yes! Make sure to do it up big so that diamond ring sparkles in the light – we suggest our popular new Gigabright to celebrate the occasion in a big, bright way.

Dinner and a Show

If you prefer to have your Valentine’s Day meal at an elegant restaurant, start your night with a fantastic meal but then go home for the show. Have your fireworks ready to go and serve up the champagne with a big sparkle in the sky and bubbles in your glass. Start off with the Happiness Explosion Fountain and then add in a variety of fireworks for a fun-filled evening. End the display with the 149-shot Delux aerial cake that will light up the sky.

Be Kids Again

Have you and your Valentine been together for many years? Let him or her know the spark is still there from your younger years. Instead of chocolates or flowers, give your lover a night of being young and carefree again. Go outside and play like when you were kids. Alamo’s Best Tray Assortment is a good choice for a wide variety of items to play within your youthful adventure with your Valentine. Don’t forget to pick up some extra heart shaped sparklers to make your Valentine smile.

This year, don’t settle for the same old boring Valentine’s Day gift. Show your significant other that you can still surprise them with an unexpected fireworks show. Make 2016 the year that you plan the best Valentine’s Day event ever by ending it with a giant firework display with your special someone. Alamo Fireworks has everything you need to make your night one that will go down as one of the best Valentine’s Days ever!

DREAMING OF FIREWORKS? WHAT IT MEANS

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Viewing an exhilarating firework display while you are awake is exciting, but what does it mean when fireworks are in your dreams? Many people believe that certain occurrences in dreams have meaning, including fireworks. Does it mean you, like the firework display, are the center of attention or are making a spectacle of yourself? Or does it foretell an exciting event or an explosive confrontation? Here are a few interpretations of what it can mean if you are having nocturnal visions of fireworks.

Celebration and Jubilation

The simplest and most direct meaning of fireworks appearing in your dreams is there is something to celebrate in your life. This could mean you are finally getting the recognition you deserve at your job or maybe you have met the love of your life. It can be seen as a positive, happy sign that you are healthy and achieving success in your life.

Personal and Psychological Symbolism

Another interpretation of viewing fireworks in your dreams is that these bursts represent what is inside of you instead of what you have done. This could mean pent-up emotions that want to ‘explode’ out of you or feelings you need to express. Some psychologists believe you may be heading for a transformation if fireworks are entering your dreams, like a caterpillar to a butterfly.

Fireworks can symbolize personal attributes such as creativity, enthusiasm and talent. It can also mean you are successful and like to share your success with others in a big way. If you are constantly having dreams of fireworks and everything is going well in your life, it should be a good sign, celebrating your success and happiness.

Explosive Connotations

Of course, not all firework dreams are positive. If you are dreaming of explosions because of the ticking time-bomb of emotions that are bottled up inside of you, it is a warning. You need to vent those frustrations before they become a major explosion. Those dreams are telling you to find a way to say what is on your mind or fix an issue that is bothering you.

Different types of fireworks can have a very specific meaning. If someone throws a firecracker at you in a dream, some dream interpreters say it could mean trouble in the future. Rockets going off in many different directions could mean you don’t know what path to follow or are still trying to determine your own dreams for the future.

Overall, dreaming of fireworks is usually a positive sign that you have excitement in your life and reason to celebrate. If that is the case, then you should make those dreams come true for your next big event by adding a real, live firework display. We have all the fireworks you need for all your big celebrations at Alamo Fireworks. Order online or come visit us at our many store locations to find the perfect effects to bring your dreams to life.