Holiday Video Blog: Fireworks

Happy Independence Day to our American readers! Not to be a buzzkill, but I have to point out that while the wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th, 1776, the document itself probably wasn’t signed until a month later. Real patriots set off fireworks August 2. But if you insist on celebrating today, at least consider the history behind your bottle rocket:

I’m not sure about the “safeguarding the freedoms of the New World” part, though – unless the narrator is talking about gunpowder.

Fireworks being the most watched chemical reaction in popular culture, July 4th presents a prime opportunity to talk up electrons and elements to your friends. Seriously, this is one day people will listen to you. Make sure you’ve got it right:

Now on to the show. Experience – and laziness – has taught me that the best place to view fireworks is actually off my own roof, where I can witness both the incredibly dangerous displays of neighborhood teenagers and the blockbuster finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  If you just can’t wait until dark, get on your feet and put your hand over your heart for a classy tribute from NYC (apologies for the ads):

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians! Love those guys. But of course, no 4th of July until the next song about fireworks comes out would be complete without the musical stylings of Katy Perry. Good colors, too.

Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone. You’re a firework.

American Chemistry [Distillations]

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