Did you know? The first fireworks were actually green bamboo, used by the Chinese to ward away evil spirits, explains a video by The Middletown Press. And while we like our light and color shows, the Chinese preferred loud noises (source, About.com). Most recently, these brilliant displays are lighting up the sky in celebration of America’s independence. Yea America!
Fourth of July hasn’t even actually rolled around yet, and already I’m having an awesome weekend. Last night, my hometown put on a great display of fireworks. A group of friends and I met up early, found a spot to put our blankets, and enjoyed some pizza while we waited for it to grow dark. Finally– at about 9:30, my town and the neighboring town began their shows. To the right was my town, Shelton, and to the left was the neighboring town, Derby. For those that aren’t familiar with the area, the two places have a longstanding “competition” where they try to out-do one another. I was growing nervous because Derby was off to a beautiful start, but Shelton really kicked into gear halfway through. And beating Derby wasn’t enough…we just HAD to shoot off a second finale and late fireworks for the final say ;)
I’d also like to wish my mother a happy birthday today :)