Many cities, such as New York, returned to hosting big public displays in 2021 after skipping 2020 due to the pandemic.
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The latest data shows imports of bottle rockets, sparklers and other fireworks at a record pace, even as consumer demand appears likely to wane. That could create opportunities for patient revelers.
Colors, sparks, booms and whistles all require different pyrotechnic recipes.
Hidden underneath the bright colors and celebratory nature of fireworks is a combination of ancient chemistry and modern pyrotechnical recipes.
In heat and drought like the western U.S. and Canada are experiencing in 2021, all it takes is a spark to start a wildfire.
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Every year, the number of wildfires caused by humans spikes on Independence Day. There are safer ways to celebrate amid the heat and drought.
Fireworks shows commonly celebrate the nation’s birthday.
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A scholar of early US history celebrates the country’s birthday with six under-appreciated ideas about the founding document.
Protesters against racist police violence encounter police in Washington, D.C., on May 31.
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When African Americans press ‘record’ to film police brutality, they are challenging a nation not to look away.
Lofty egalitarian notions of citizenship don’t always hold up.
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The US and other countries have a legal definition of citizenship, yet human psychology and identity politics result in ingrained biases over who truly belongs.
Sherry Brewer, a teacher at the Galloway Children’s Center, watches over children as they enjoy snacks after a pre-Fourth of July parade in Jackson, Mississippi, June 26, 2020.
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This is the first Fourth of July in which Americans must deal with the coronavirus pandemic. One of the nation’s premier infectious disease experts explains why it’s important to take special care.
For those with PTSD, sounds from fireworks can trigger flashbacks.
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Setting off fireworks may be fun for you, but for some of your neighbors it could be a traumatic experience.
George Washington faced many challenges regarding his teeth.
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As we celebrate the nation’s founding, it’s a good time to note the heroism of George Washington. The British were a pain, to be sure, but what really caused him trouble were his teeth.
Fireworks are a class of explosive pyrotechnic devices that commonly come in around seven colors.
Most of us look forward to the fireworks on the Fourth of July. But did you ever wonder how the chemists create those colors that light up the night sky? Are some colors harder to create than others?
John Adams believed the fourth of July should be filled with ‘illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.’
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An economist explores data on injuries, which states ban fireworks and other interesting stats on what President John Adams referred to as ‘illuminations.’
The share of fireworks being used for professional displays like this one at the Capitol last year is falling.
Every American shoots off almost a pound of fireworks a year, on average, and their growing personal use is causing injuries to climb.
Nothing says Fourth of July like “bombs” bursting in air.
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Another Fourth of July is here, the time for backyard barbecues, picnics, cookouts, parades, swimming and fireworks. One of those Independence Day pastimes, however, stands apart: fireworks. They’re a…