It’s the 4th of July and in the United States, we are celebrating Independence Day!

More often than not, cities and counties celebrate this holiday with stunning displays of fireworks!

We thought this would be a great opportunity to learn a little more about these explosive celebrations and dive into some of the history and science behind fireworks.

To start, where did fireworks come from? It turns out, their origins came from a failed attempt to create an elixir of life. Here’s TED-Ed with the full tale…

Via: TED-Ed 1

Now that we can appreciate the origins of the modern firework, how do we get the fun colors and amazing displays we look forward to on holidays?

Let’s explore some of the science going on here with DNews.

Via: DNews 2

So, there you have it, a few fun facts and a little more knowledge to be armed with this Independence Day!

Go impress your friends and relatives!

And if you capture any great images while enjoying fireworks or the company of loved ones, let us know and you might be featured in our #isaaw project!

Tag us in your photos on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #isaaw (It’s Still An Amazing World) and let us know the story behind your photo! You can also send us photos of things that prove it’s still an amazing world via our contact us page!

We’ve loved all of the support we’ve gotten from people like you, so let’s work together to spread the word that beautiful people and occurrences are still out there!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

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Notes:

  1. “The Deadly Irony of Gunpowder – Eric Rosado.” YouTube. TED-Ed, 04 Nov. 2013. Web. 20 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqHVRgCkCDE>.
  2. “How Fireworks Work.” YouTube. DNews, 03 July 2013. Web. 20 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtHtAiUVb7M>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV