fireworks http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6602/all en-US WATCH: The 10 Craziest Annual 4th of July Fireworks Displays http://www.wisebread.com/watch-the-10-craziest-annual-4th-of-july-fireworks-displays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/watch-the-10-craziest-annual-4th-of-july-fireworks-displays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fireworks-179245916-small.jpg" alt="fireworks" title="fireworks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 4th of July is upon us once again, which means it's time for a time-honored tradition: fireworks. In my family, the 4th of July is bigger than Christmas. My father took to his fireworks show with obsession, even joining a firework club at one point. So, I thought I would detail some amazing fireworks displays that you can see this year in the United States. Let's get started!</p> <h2>1. New York City</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RSY8un8VTwk" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>It's pretty obvious that <a href="http://www.nyc.com/visitor_guide/4th_of_july_in_new_york.1086979/editorial_review.aspx">New York City would have a large fireworks</a> display &mdash; it's a pretty patriotic city. Their display, sponsored by Macy's, has been running since the country's bicentennial in 1976. The entire display involves several barges in the East River, and fireworks launched from the Brooklyn Bridge.</p> <h2>2. Boston</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KpLTBUSwaqQ" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>I love the plan for <a href="http://www.july4th.org/">Boston's fireworks display</a> this 4th of July. For one, it's in Boston, home of the Boston Tea Party that was an impetus for the American Revolution. The setting is an obvious plus for this show. But, I think the most amazing part of the night would be the Boston Pops orchestra, world famous for their arrangements, performing in concert with the fireworks exploding above them!</p> <h2>3. Washington DC</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LKXXP1Srlbo" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>My vote for the most patriotic of displays, the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/foju/index.htm">fireworks in Washington</a> are exploded over the National Mall, with the Washington Monument used as the foreground. The whole day seems fun, with a parade down Constitution Avenue a highlight of the day.</p> <h2>4. Atlantic City</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/e9iunuaCmbs" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>With over 250,000 people showing up for the display each year, the <a href="http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/events/details.aspx?id=3344">Atlantic City fireworks show</a> utilizes two barges and a platform marina. Over 1,000 fireworks shells will be fired in this 'top five' largest display in the country.</p> <h2>5. Addison</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PhpgVC4GHME" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Dubbed &quot;Kaboom Town,&quot; <a href="http://www.addisontexas.net/events/kaboomtown/">Addison's fireworks show is unique</a> in that the whole town can tune to a radio station to listen to choreographed music to the giant display. The display has been ranked among the top five in the US, and Bing.com even rated it #11 in the world.</p> <h2>6. Nashville</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GdjzeTlOdl4" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>&quot;Music City&quot; will feature some <a href="http://www.visitmusiccity.com/july4th/july4th_eventdetails">great entertainment along with their fireworks</a>. And, what else would you imagine it would be? Country music stars! Billy Currington headlines this year's show along with the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony.</p> <h2>7. San Francisco</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ePcKB5pjuJ0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Based around Pier 39, utilizing all the fine views that come with the San Francisco Bay, the <a href="http://www.fishermanswharf.org/events-q10043-c4-Fourth_of_July.aspx">4th of July fireworks in the Bay Area</a> are sure to impress. You can even rent boats to anchor offshore and watch the show from the water!</p> <h2>8. Las Vegas</h2> <p><iframe width="604" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MJ6KHTXGBfw" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Not particularly known for their fireworks show, Las Vegas is arguably a great place to celebrate America's birthday. The Las Vegas Strip's many mega-hotels serve as the launchpad for a highly <a href="http://www.vegas.com/july4th/">choreographed display up and down Las Vegas Boulevard</a>.</p> <h2>9. Chicago</h2> <p><iframe width="604" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jbszaH-hOXA" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>One of my favorite cities in the United States, Chicago launches its <a href="http://www.navypier.com/things2do/fireworks.html">fireworks from Navy Pier</a>. As it's located along the shores of Lake Michigan, viewers can take fireworks cruises from downtown Chicago to check out the show.</p> <h2>10. San Diego</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/duo6UmlCqB8" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Our last city on this list, <a href="http://www.sandiego.org/campaigns/summer-in-san-diego/4th-of-july.aspx">San Diego puts on the largest fireworks show</a> in the country, with four barges scattered around San Diego Bay for viewers. The display is so large that it can be seen from Shelter Island all the way to Coronado Island. (And who can forget the spectacular fail that was 2012's show: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuJHfkXEI-o">the Big Bay Boom Bust</a>.)</p> <p>We hope this list helps you decide which ones to watch in person, and, at a minimum, which ones to watch on television!</p> <p><em>So, where will you be this 4th of July?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mark-jackson">Mark Jackson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watch-the-10-craziest-annual-4th-of-july-fireworks-displays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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There&#39;s something for everyone - getting tanked with your friends, hanging out with your family, the smell of the barbeque, the spectacular fireworks. I always love the collective sounds that crowds make when watching fireworks. Not exactly &quot;ooh&quot; and &quot;ahh&quot;, but more like &quot;Holy crap! A smiley face!&quot; </p> <p>And because I love statistics almost as much as I love fireworks, here are some stats on America&#39;s Independence Day celebrations:</p> <p>Number of hotdogs to be consumed on July 4th: <strong>150 million</strong></p> <p>Amount of chicken purchased in the week leading up to July 4th: <strong>700 million pounds</strong></p> <p>Amount of red meat/pork purchased in the week leading up to July 4th: <strong>190 million pounds</strong></p> <p>Percentage of American households with outdoor grills: <strong>87</strong></p> <p>Number of Americans who will spend the holiday at someone else&#39;s home: <strong>41 million</strong></p> <p>Amount of fireworks sold to individuals for personal celebrations in 2006: <strong>252 million pounds</strong></p> <p>Amount of fireworks sold to cities and municipalities for public celebrations last year: <strong>25 million pounds</strong></p> <p>Amount of fireworks sold to individuals for personal celebrations in 2000: <strong>102 million pounds</strong></p> <p>Total dollar amount spent on fireworks in 2007: <strong>900 million dollars</strong></p> <p>Total dollar amount spent on fireworks in 2000: <strong>350 million dollars</strong></p> <p>Perecentage fewer people injured by fireworks in 2006 than in 2000: <strong>16</strong></p> <p>Percentage of fireworks sales that take place in late June and early July: 80</p> <p>Number of people injured by fireworks in 2006: <strong>9,200</strong></p> <p>Dollar amount of fireworks imported to the US from China in 2006: <strong>212 million</strong></p> <p>Dollar amount of American flags imported into the US from China in 2006: <strong>5 million</strong></p> <p>Number of places in the US with &quot;independence&quot; in their name: <strong>11</strong></p> <p><em>Numbers taken from CNN.com, The Herald Tribute, and the US Census Bureau.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/some-4th-of-july-numbers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Just Ask.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure Barbeque BBQ fireworks Independence Day July 4th meat Tue, 03 Jul 2007 18:57:37 +0000 Andrea Karim 802 at http://www.wisebread.com Celebrating Year of the Pig with life-threatening fireworks http://www.wisebread.com/celebrating-year-of-the-pig-with-life-threatening-fireworks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/celebrating-year-of-the-pig-with-life-threatening-fireworks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000075546105_Large.jpg" alt="sky lanterns" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="126" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This Sunday (2/18) is the Chinese New Year. What better way to celebrate than with some amazing displays of Chinese ingenuity and life-threatening fireworks?</p> <h2>Sky Lanterns</h2> <p>Sky lanterns originated from Pingshi, a village located in a mountainous region outisde of Taipei. According to the Government of Taiwan:</p> <blockquote><p>Originally inhabited by indigenous people, the region was later developed by Han settlers who were often the victims of murder and robbery during earlier times. Since access to the region was inconvenient, these pioneers came up with the idea of releasing &quot;sky lanterns&quot; to let others know that they were safe and sound.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>Today, the lanterns are released during the Lantern Festival, the last festival of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Here's a beautifully serene scene from a recent celebration:</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/oEAIdbBwQGM" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/oEAIdbBwQGM" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEAIdbBwQGM">link</a>)</p> <p>Another spectacular view:</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/OpRMRM6VtKc" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/OpRMRM6VtKc" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpRMRM6VtKc">link</a>)</p> <h2>Yanshuai Festival</h2> <p>Peaceful sky lanterns are not the only way to celebrate. In the village of Yanshuai they mount firecrackers into beehive launchers and fire straight into the crowd!</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/auiIxZgGh_s" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/auiIxZgGh_s" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auiIxZgGh_s">link</a>)</p> <p>Here's a scene from the festival that is an insane blend of <em>Terminator,</em> <em>12 Monkeys</em>, and pure awesome:</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2C9n2rbRXLE" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2C9n2rbRXLE" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C9n2rbRXLE">link</a>)</p> <p>There is a method to this madness. Also according to the Government of Taiwan:</p> <blockquote><p>It is told that in 1875, the village of Yanshui in Tainan County was stricken with a pestilence that lasted for twenty years and nearly wiped out the town's entire population. The few survivors that remained prayed to the Goddess Kuan Yin to come to inspect the ravished land. On the day of the Lantern Festival, the town residents entreated the deity Kuan Kung and the deities of Heaven to come to earth to witness their plight, lining the route with signal fires and firecrackers to help the spirits ward off evil and rid the town of disease.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>While the disease was wiped out, scalp burns rose 2000%. If you want to find out more, here's a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryQtYL2Ta6s">short movie</a> on the subject (it is in Chinese).</p> <h2>Eating for Prosperity</h2> <p>2007 is the Year of the Pig. Before you pig out during celebrations, check out these interesting superstitions that will bring you good luck for the rest of the year. According to Weekly Wire:</p> <blockquote><p>The foods themselves are selected mostly for their names as homonyms to prosperity, longevity, etc. <em>Bak-choy</em> sounds like the term for &quot;great wealth,&quot; so a dish with bokchoy would be included. Oysters are called &quot;<em>Hao</em>,&quot; which sounds like the word for &quot;an auspicious occasion or event,&quot; and &quot;<em>Fu</em>,&quot; as in tofu, sounds the same as &quot;riches,&quot; so a tofu dish is always present.</p> <p>Fish is always included, but this one gets a little weird. The Chinese word for fish is &quot;<em>Yu</em>,&quot; which also means &quot;surplus,&quot; something any family would want plenty of. The problem comes from eating your surplus, leaving the family with nothing. Often a spoiled fish is cooked in a spectacular fashion, as a showpiece only, not meant to be eaten.</p> <p>Sometimes a fish carved from wood is sauced to represent the fish course. Only if the host first breaks the fish into small pieces in front of them should guests ever eat the fish (or in the case of <em>Yu Sheng</em> -- Chinese New Year Salad -- where all the guests simultaneously toss the fish within the salad).&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p align="left">If you want to celebrate without throwing a feast, check out Andrea's <a href="/when-good-food-goes-bad">recipe for braised lettuce</a>. Happy Chinese New Years!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/celebrating-year-of-the-pig-with-life-threatening-fireworks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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