Fireworks, Tech, & the History of It All

We are just a few days removed from the party around the country that we affectionately call Independence Day.


The 4th of July.

America.


The one day a year where fireworks are the go-to method of celebration.


Now, I must say, I am a fan of the firework. However, I more enjoy watching a large professional show from afar than drunkenly blasting them off in a backyard following a long day of drinking.





And lets be honest here: Whoever claims they primarily set off fireworks sober is probably lying. Honestly, I have probably only done it two or three times in my life. I'm a wimp. It scares the hell out of me.


The process of setting off a little puny firework scares me more than it excites me.


I guess you could say I am no pyromaniac.


Last year, we wrote an article on the software capabilities linked to putting on a real firework show. They are aplenty. Check it aht:


https://www.atsapllc.com/post/4th-of-july-fireworks-and-tech


Today, I would just like to expand on the above article with some historical side notes on the advancements of the firework:


  • The first fireworks weren’t really fireworks at all: In 200 B.C., the Chinese (taking over the world… shocker) put their bamboo into fires. This action allowed the hollow structure of the bamboo sticks to heat up and ultimately explode. Bet you didn’t know that. Here at ATSAP Media we also routinely provide history lessons.




  • By 1,200, the Chinese were back at it AGAIN firing the first real true fireworks off… not for play but to destroy their enemies in battle. Shortly thereafter, the fireworks show was born (first adopted by the europeans) that we all have come to adore present day.


  • John Adams, following his critical role in the construction of our Constitution, lobbied for and was granted an elaborate fireworks show on the 4th of July, 1776. The tradition has stuck ever since.


The choreography of timing both large bursts of fireworks synchronized with patriotic music is more capable than ever... thanks to technology. Take a peak at this here article:


https://tedium.co/2019/07/04/fireworks-technology-simulation-history/


It wouldn’t be far-fetched to see the capabilities of the firework making a significant jump in the coming years as AI and VR come into play at increasingly higher levels.





In fact, I shall write an article about that before too long…


Thoughts?




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