Inspired by the fireworks, and my painting project of Coney Island, I’m writing a few memories. Those fireworks bring back more than my youth at the beach. They bring up the history of our freedom and the celebration of it all.
Enjoy this reblog. It was the mid-20th century, Tuesday night. The day and sunshine used up . . . riding, swimming, volleyball, handball. Time to cuddle on a beach blanket. Uh oh, wait a minute . . . did I say cuddle? No, it was time to watch the fireworks. Didn’t you say that’s what you were doing Tuesday night after a day at the beach? Who watched the fireworks? Did I? Did you? With my friends in many summers — I did watch the fireworks, a privilege of living close to Brooklyn’s Coney Island, a short train ride away from where I lived in Boro Park. Coney Island was the last stop! The sky was filled with color. The sounds filled the air with the fragrance of the fireworks powder wafting under our noses, magical. No one knew where to find anyone. Maybe on the sand, maybe on blankets, maybe in shadows under the boardwalk. That’s what Tuesday night was about. After a full day of fun, we all hung around to enjoy each other and the venue.
What started this thing called fireworks? The earliest records of fireworks dates back to 7th century China where they were first used to frighten away evil spirits with their loud sound and to pray for happiness and prosperity.
America’s earliest settlers brought their enthusiasm for fireworks to the United States. Fireworks and black ash were used to celebrate important events long before the American Revolutionary War. The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777, six years before Americans knew whether the new nation would survive the war; fireworks were a part of all festivities. In 1789, George Washington‘s inauguration was also accompanied by a fireworks display. This early fascination with their noise and color continues today.
In 2004, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, pioneered the commercial use of aerial fireworks launched with compressed air rather than gunpowder. The display shell explodes in the air using an electronic timer. The advantages of compressed air launch are a reduction in fumes, and much greater accuracy in height and timing.
The Walt Disney Company is the largest consumer of fireworks in the United States.
NOW: Friday Night Fireworks – Luna Park in Coney Island lunaparknyc.com/events/friday-night-fireworks-5/
Join Coney Island for Friday Night Fireworks. The show starts at 9:30pm every Friday night during the season. Friday Night Fireworks start the last weekend in June and conclude the Friday before Labor Day. Friday Night Fireworks are brought to you by the Alliance for Coney Island.
Who doesn’t love to see and hear fireworks? What do you think of fireworks?
Thanks to Wikipedia for all the links. Below, is the link to Independence Day, but all are Wikipedia.