Fireworks have a long, colorful history that contains many fun and interesting facts. They are loved worldwide as a way to commemorate special occasions and to entertain children of all ages. Here are 12 interesting facts about fireworks that you may not know.
1. Fireworks have been around in some form for over 2,000 years, dating back to 200 B.C. China, where the first primitive “firecrackers” were made from bamboo.
2. The current record for the largest firework display, according to Guinness World Records, is held by Svea Fyrverkerier As and Sør-Tre AS in Søgne, Norway. They ignited 540,382 fireworks in an hour and a half on November 29th, 2014.
3. The previous largest firework display recorded by Guinness is still amazing in the fact that 479,651 shells were fired in just six minutes for the New Year’s Eve show in Dubai on December 31st, 2013.
4. Even sparklers are very hot! A sparkler burns five times hotter than boiling water. Putting several sparklers together can give off the same type of heat as a blow torch. Always practice safety when enjoying fireworks, even with sparklers.
5. England was the first country to offer firework performances for the public, not just royalty or aristocrats. However, the first recorded fireworks display in England was for King Henry VII’s wedding in 1486.
6. Fireworks became a part of celebrations as a way to scare off evil spirits. Since the large boom seemed to scare people and animals, it was assumed it would keep away bad spirits during happy occasions.
7. Although the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve are the two big occasions for fireworks in the U.S., fireworks are used for celebration all over the world. In Japan, fireworks are used in summer festivals throughout the country, with over 200 estimated displays in August alone.
8. Metal elements are what create the beautiful colors in modern fireworks. For example, barium burns green, while calcium creates orange. Blue is known for being the most difficult color to create, from copper.
9. Fireworks have always been a part of Fourth of July celebrations in the U.S., dating back to the very first annual celebration of independence in 1777.
10. Fireworks came first, not weapons. Since gunpowder is linked with fireworks, many people may think fireworks were created from weapon ingredients, when actually it is the other way around.
11. Many firework sounds are created on purpose. The sizzling, booms or screaming sounds that accompany certain fireworks are created using elements like organic salts, aluminum or titanium powder.
12. Do you dream about fireworks? Fireworks in dreams are said to symbolize wanting to be the center of attention, creativity, enthusiasm and possibly secret emotions that need to be released.
Fireworks certainly are a big part of how people celebrate all over the world. Alamo Fireworks is proud to be a part of this fun tradition, offering quality fireworks that can make any occasion more special.