The United States has been shooting off fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July since 1777. But the fireworks of today are a lot more advanced than the ones at George Washington's backyard barbecue. It's not just about new colors and bigger explosion; it's also about the way that modern fireworks shows are composed like symphonies. They're a bit more complicated than lighting a fuse and running for cover.
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Written by Reuben Westmaas June 30, 2017
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