Thursday, July 2, 2009
Tonight on Good Question, who started the tradition of celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks?
The holiday was first observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, but it was not declared a legal holiday until 1941.
Fireworks were originally invented in ancient China in the 12th century to scare away evil spirits and China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world. The value of fireworks imported from China in 2007 amounts to $207 million.
In comparison, the U.S. exported only $14.9 million.
America’s earliest settlers brought fireworks to the United States and used them to celebrate important events, including the Independence Day celebration of 1777.
The record for the most firework rockets launched in 30 seconds is 56,405. The record for the largest firework display consisted of 66,236 fireworks.
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