Who invented fireworks and why are they associated with the Fourth of July?
Fireworks have been entertaining the easily entertained since the Han Dynasty of ancient China (206 B.C. to 220 A.D.). So it’s difficult to figure out exactly who invented (or “discovered”) the finger-maiming explosives. However, we can explain why they’re so big on Independence Day. According to this page from InventHelp, the first fireworks were bamboo rods lit on fire. Rather than being used for celebrations, they were used for exhortations — their loud sounds were believed to ward off evil spirits. “Modern fireworks” didn’t explode onto the scene until the Chinese invented gunpowder many years later. In the following centuries, fireworks caught fire in Europe, before the United States (then