|The London Eye on New Year's Eve|
When I was living in Valencia, in Spain, there were fireworks every night during July. We went to see them at a tiny park near the dried up river bed. No silly safety regulations for the Valencianos; we lay on the ground and watched the huge fountains of light overhead. It was like being inside a Star Wars movie, or going warp speed. I never experienced fireworks like that before, and I suppose I never will again.
|Imagine this right overhead.|
When we visit our cousins in Massachusetts, we view the 'works from the beach. The inlet is surrounded by at least six far off towns, so we get to watch all their displays from one place. The kids race along the sand, and at some point someone sends up those glowing lanterns that were a big part of that movie, Tangled.
Fireworks were recorded in the 7th century, in China. How did that long-ago inventor feel when he (or she) discovered those colorful explosions? Did they run away, screaming? That would have been quite something in the 7th century. Or were they all, "WooHoo! YESSS!"
In the US we'll be setting off fireworks for the Fourth. England waits until Guy Fawkes night, in November, and Ireland celebrates Halloween with the bangers. Valencia has the entire month of July, as I said.
|Guy Fawkes night|
Setting up a display is an artwork in itself. The largest ones require gears, chains, and precision timing. When you add music to the mix that requires a new level of physics and pyrotechnics.
|Fireworks set up|
Of course, I must add that people study to be able to do this. Be very, very careful on your own - in fact, leave it to the pros and go and watch a professional display.
Or this could happen: