Friday, July 4, 2008

July 4th

The beauty of a good pyrotechnic show is a sight for young and old a like.

Fireworks or Pyrotechnics were developed by the Chinese as a natural growth from their invention of gunpowder. These master Pyrotechnicians were honored with respect and a good living for entertaining the people and the elite alike. Everyone loves a good show.

As of the 2007 Guinness World Records recorded the largest Catherine Wheel was lit in the UK on 30 October 1999, it was 85 feet in diameter.

The largest Display was in Portugal on 31 December 2006 with 66,326 fireworks exploded in the evening.

The longest Waterfall display was in Japan on 24 August 2003 with a display called “Niagara Falls” measuring 10,255 feet.

Halloween is the time to see great firework shows in Ireland and Canada, not to mention the great firework shows at all the Disney Entertainment Parks around the world. Disney consistently creates exciting shows over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

In the United States, it’s a common, if not required, tradition to spend some money for international relations on the Chinese imported fireworks and shoot them off in a show of patriotism. Some cities spend a large budget on fireworks, private clubs and individuals can procure vast numbers of explosive devices in the celebration of the Declaration of Independence dated July 4th 1776. There will be quite a show in America's night sky from July 3rd through the 6th.

But the best fireworks show in the world cost $17.04, happened on my driveway, because it made my kids smile.

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