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4th July

On 4th July 1776, 13 American colonies announced their separation from the powers of Great Britain by adopting the Declaration of Independence. It asserts that “All men are created equal” and was drafted by a committee known as the Founding Fathers – comprising  Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R Livingston.

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Curiously, Thomas Jefferson, died exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence on 4th July 1826. In a strange coincidence, John Adams, another of the founding fathers also died on the very same day.

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On 28th June 1870, the American Congress passed a law making 4th July a federal holiday – almost an entire century after the first Declaration of Independence was signed. American Independence Day has now become the most important secular holiday in the American calendar.

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People celebrate this National holiday with hot dogs, beer, barbeques, and most importantly magnificent fireworks which light up the night sky. Amidst all of this barbequing and grilling, it is estimated that approximately 155 MILLION hot dogs are consumed across the states on this day alone! OMG!

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Here in the UK, with so many ex-pats from America, the 4th July is one of the major firework celebrations in the year. Fireworks Den is located close to St Johns Wood in London where many Americans have chosen to set up home. As a result, we have become very busy at this time of year, and the choices on offer for our customers are now vast. We like to spoil our customers, and we have fireworks in almost every category for you to choose from. Roman candles, mines, cones, fountains, barrages, single ignitions (a whole display in one box) and selection boxes (perfect for smaller inner city gardens). We also have sparklers for those really limited with space – we don’t want anyone miss out on their special day! If you want to know about public events taking place across the capital this weekend, check this out….

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From all of us here at FireworksDen, we wish you a very happy 4th July, and look forward to seeing you in store to help advise you on the best fireworks for your celebrations. Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help!

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May the fourth be with you

For some people, ‘May the fourth be with you’ is just a strange play on words for a date at the start of the month of May. For others, ‘May the fourth be with you‘ means so much more. It is actually considered to be a holiday by Star Wars fans across the globe, created on this date to coincide with the popular phrase ‘May the force be with you’ which appears in the time honoured films.

There are many websites created by fans with more information about the classic Star Wars films. Check out these ones – some have interactive games on them too!

There are even special public events being held at various locations on 4th May – here is one in London which our local firework customers might enjoy.

Check out what some superfans will be getting up to this weekend in the USA!

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Here at Fireworks Den, we think ‘May the fourth be with you’ is the perfect opportunity to launch some amazing fireworks into the night sky in celebration of the Star Wars culture. Here are some of our space related picks!

1) Shooting Stars: The traditional roman candles

2) Space Probe: A fabulously colourful single ignition which will certainly light up the night sky!

3) Starburst: A noisy one! Get heard right up in space!

4) Thundering Space Spiders: Great value for money here with so many effects.

5) Atomic Rockets: Shooting comets into the sky – what an appropriate firework to celebrate May the Fourth

6) Titan Rocket: Since rockets look a little like a light sabre, it only seems right to suggest one of our favourite large rockets here!

Whichever fireworks you choose to buy from Fireworks Den for this weekend, be safe, have fun, and MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU !!!

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Sochi Olympics

Two and a half weeks after the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Sochi Olympics, and 298 medals later, the world was wowed with a spectacular display of fireworks at the Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony. Fireworks are a common sight now at such large events with international acclaim, with their colours, sounds and effects – they appeal to the masses irrespective of nationality, age or gender. The statistics surrounding the Sochi Olympics are astounding.  According to CNN, there were 15 sports, 98 events (including 12 new ones), the whole Olympics cost an estimated $50 billion, and was viewed by an estimated 3billion people worldwide. 2850 athletes competed from 88 different countries, and between them consumed approximately 265,000 litres of borscht! Well it’s not surprising therefore that this feat should reach its climax at the Sochi Olympics closing ceremony  with an unbelievable fireworks display.

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The artistic executive producer of the Sochi Olympics closing ceremony was Marco Balich, and he was certainly the man for the job. He was also responsible for similar events such as the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics, and Football’s Euro 2012. He was quoted as saying “While the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony was the most spectacular Winter Olympics ever, the Closing Ceremony will be emotional, and it will highlight the great soul and heart of Russia.”

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The Sochi Olympic fireworks display lasted approximately 10 minutes. For those of you who missed it, here is another chance to watch a video of it now. Check it out here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/winter-olympics/10656605/Sochi-2014-Winter-Olympics-closing-ceremony-fireworks-display-in-full.html. The music of Tchaikovsky was chosen to accompany the fireworks – very apt given he was one of the most prominent Russian composers of all time. Here at Fireworks Den we enjoyed how the colours red white and blue were particularly visible – a patriotic nod to the Russian flag! We have our own patriotic firework here too – check out Best of British on our site! If you are looking for fireworks of a particular colour, please contact us at Fireworks Den where our experts are on hand 7 days a week to help you. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Chinese New Year

This year Chinese New Year falls on Friday 31st January, and this year we will be entering the year of the horse. There are many customs which occur at the time of Chinese New Year, and London is a great place to celebrate. The largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia take place in London, and here at Fireworks Den, we hope to help you have the best New Year yet!

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So what is the idea behind animals and the Chinese calendar? The Chinese zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle, and each year in the cycle is represented by a different animal. This is dictated by the Chinese lunar calendar. Much like the common zodiac signs which most of us are familiar with, Chinese people believe that the animal from their year of birth will bear resemblance to their personality traits and characteristics. What characteristics can we expect from those born in this Chinese New Year of the horse, or indeed those born 12, 24, 36 and so on years ago? It is said that the strengths of these people include being great communicators, intelligent, kind, perceptive and cheerful. With these strengths come weaknesses. These are said to be stubbornness, impatience, and often unwillingness to listen to advice of others.

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Aside from the customs of the zodiac animal signs, there are other Chinese New Year customs too. One of these is the use of fireworks. Here at Fireworks Den, we are obviously very interested in this custom in particular! The reason behind the custom to light fireworks on new year derives from the belief that fireworks are used to drive away the evil in China. Right after midnight of the New Year’s Eve, fireworks will be launched to celebrate the coming of the New Year as well as driven away the evil. It is believed that the person who launched the first Fireworks in the New Year will get good luck. So it’s a race against time and peers to get lighting fast! The Chinese should be particularly good at this since for centuries they have been one of the main manufactures of fireworks sold worldwide.

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It is generally believed that the first firework was created during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) when a cook in ancient china found that a mixture of sulfur, saltpeter, and charcoal was very flammable and would explode if enclosed in a small space. Once the recipe for black powder was perfected, they found that it was easily used as rocket fuel, and they made hand carved wooden rockets in the shape of a dragon, in the sixth century. These rockets shot rocket powered arrows from their mouth, and were used against the Mongol invaders of 1279. The principle behind these rockets is still used in rocket powered fireworks today. Perhaps when celebrating Chinese New Year, the long history of fireworks will also be celebrated too!

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Here at Fireworks Den we have a number of rockets for sale which are sure to thrill all of the spectators around. Some are sold as multi-packs, whilst we have individual ones for sale too. Developments in pyrotechnics over the centuries have now meant that rockets are available in a variety of sizes, colours, and different effects. Although rockets might have been one of the first types of fireworks to be created, there are of course myriad other types of fireworks available for sale today. Here at Fireworks Den we also sell single ignitions, roman candles, Catherine wheels, and so much more! These will all be great additions to your Chinese New Year celebrations.

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We expect that as well as fireworks, the sale of Chinese Lanterns will also be high when celebrating Chinese New Year. These are paper lanterns which are lit at the base. Using the same notion as a hot air balloon, the lantern fills with hot air, and will then rise and lift high into the sky. Set off en-masse this looks incredible. Whilst the lanterns lift into the sky, the spectators on the ground can wave goodbye to their lanterns with a sparkler in hand!

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However you choose to celebrate Chinese New Year, come to Fireworks Den for all your pyrotechnic needs! We are open 7 days, and are experts are always available to advise you. Happy New Year from all at Fireworks Den!

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New Year Fireworks

An ever popular way to welcome in the new year is with New Year Fireworks. Here at Fireworks Den we specialise in Fireworks for all occasions, and of course New Year Fireworks are extra special. There are fireworks for all sizes of garden, and of course there are fireworks to suit all budgets. So whatever your remit, come to Fireworks Den and allow our experts to help you to choose the perfect selection to take home with you.

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For those of you in a smaller space and entertaining children, then we would recommend one of our selection boxes for your New Year Fireworks. These are exactly what the name suggests – a selection of small fireworks which only need approximately 5-8 meters of space. You will commonly find a mixture of ground fireworks such as fountains and Catherine wheels, as well as some ariel fireworks – small barrages with multiple shots. Selection boxes start from £15 and will keep you entertained for quite a while!

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Then of course there are rocket lovers out there. Single shots of pure power shoot into the sky. Rockets can be purchased individually, or instead in multi-packs where each rocket has a different effect as the shells burst. To be honest, at least one rocket to start your display of New Year Fireworks would be recommended!

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When hosting a display of New Year Fireworks party, you might not want to be lighting multiple fireworks, but instead be enjoying the party with your friends and family. If this is the case, then choosing barrages or single ignition fireworks. These are boxes where you light one single fuse and stand back to watch the display happen for you. The more you spend, the bigger the firework, and the more spectacular finale.

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Of course we also have sparklers and chinese lanterns for you to enjoy too! Come to Fireworks Den to grab your New Year Fireworks before they sell out! Our experts are on hand to advise you. Take a look at our favourite New Year Firework selection here.

Happy New Year from all at Fireworks Den – and remember to always be safe.

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Fireworks For Christmas

We all expect fireworks at this time of year – more often than not they are to bring in the new year, but what about fireworks for Christmas? Afterall it is a time of year where lights are everywhere! We light up our high streets, we light up our homes, we light up our trees, so why not light up the night sky! Christmas is also a time where friends and family gather together – another great reason to celebrate with fireworks for Christmas.

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Here at Fireworks Den we have been preparing for this festive season ever since Guy Fawkes was over! We have an exciting new selection of fireworks for Christmas – many which are available to buy online, but even more available to purchase in store under the guidance of our firework experts. Let me start by talking about the selection boxes. These are always popular with families who might have limited space yet want a variation of fireworks. We have selection category 2 boxes in different sizes, and we even now have our Category 3 selection box back in stock. For those who aren’t too sure about firework categories, essentially the higher the number, the bigger the bang!

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You can be more specific in your choices of fireworks for Christmas. Rather than choose a selection box, perhaps you are looking for barrages or single ignitions? These are firework displays in one box – light one fuse, stand back and enjoy! These are generally ariel fireworks, and increase in size and fabulousness the bigger they are! Here at Fireworks Den, we have videos for most of our fireworks available for you to watch online. This might help you to choose which firework is right for you! Of course, if you are in any doubt, please contact us!

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For those rocket fans of you out there, we have new rocket fireworks for Christmas this year. Check out ‘Star Fleet’ which includes 10 rockets, and each with a different effect! This one is already flying out the shop, so come quick before they all go. There are also a number of great fountains and Catherine wheels in stock as well as the ever-popular sparklers!

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For those who want to keep Christmas as more of a cosy-inside-the-house affair this year, then the Indoor Fireworks are for you! However you choose to celebrate Christmas this year, make sure you get some fireworks for Christmas, and make it go with a bang! See you soon for our exciting New Year fireworks too!

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Alexandra Palace Fireworks

Some super exciting news has just reached us here at Fireworks Den. After 4 dormant years, Alexandra Palace Fireworks are returning for one spectacular night only! On the Saturday closest to Guy Fawkes Night, Saturday 2nd November 2013, the Alexandra Palace Fireworks will take place as part of a night full of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Gates are due to open at 2pm, and the fireworks will begin at 8pm – but get in early to bag a great spot! There is also a German bier festival happening alongside the Alexandra Palace fireworks that night. This will remain open until 11pm.

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For those of you who are familiar with Alexandra Palace, you will know how great this is as a firework display venue. There are spectacular views over London as the palace is situated high up on a hill, and the palace itself is an impressive structure too. Built in 1873, ‘The Peoples Palace’ was North London’s answer to Crystal Palace in the South. In 1936, Alexandra Palace (which is now commonly known as Ally Pally) became the home of the BBC television service. Although the BBC has since relocated, the radio tower at Ally Pally still functions to this day, and the television studios still exist and exhibit historical television equipment. Alexandra Palace now serves as a multi-functional space complete with exhibition spaces, conference rooms, ice rink, boating lake, music venue, and of course is once again home to the Alexandra Palace Fireworks!

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Due to previous financial struggles and safety regulations, The Alexandra Palace Fireworks display this year is a paid ticketed event. Ticket prices vary depending on how early you book! Early bird tickets cost as little as £4 each. You can get more ticket information here.You will also find out about transport to and from the Alexandra Palace Fireworks display here too. Driving is not recommended to planned road closures. Please note, that due to safely regulations, the organisers have requested that no fireworks, sparklers, pets, glass bottles or alcohol be bought to the party! If you would like to light your own fireworks and sparklers, then you need to buy them from us here at Fireworks Den and light them as part of your own private fireworks display. Remember we are here selling fireworks all year round, but stock will be very much in demand close to Guy Fawkes, so come in early to avoid disappointment. Contact us here for more information.

 

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Celebrate Autumn

Yes, the Summer has well and truly left us, but do not despair, because here at Fireworks Den we can think of many reasons to celebrate autumn. We are not quite into the realm of those freezing nights, so take advantage of the last snippets of pleasant weather and take a look at some of the reasons we think you should celebrate autumn.

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For a start, this time of year produces some of the most beautiful spectacles in the natural world. The leaves on the trees are turning into wonderful shades of reds and golden browns. There are myriad places across the UK to visit open parks and spaces to witness this for yourself. You can go to Kew Gardens in London for example (where there is currently a great exhibition about edible plants too). This is one of our top picks to celebrate autumn and see the plants changing across the seasons.

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There are also a heap of other events happening across the capital. There is something for everyone whether it be family days out, romantic places to visit, or festivals and art events. Here are some of our top picks which we think will help to lessen the post-summer blues and instead to celebrate autumn.

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  • The Great Gorilla Run – A 7km race around the streets of London dressed up as hairy gorillas in aid of mountain gorillas.

Of course, here at Fireworks Den, we think you should celebrate autumn with some fireworks! It’s not so incredibly cold outside just yet, but its getting darker earlier. This equates to perfect firework weather! We even have a firework with a perfectly apt name for this season. Check out ‘Ducks playing in the autumn leaves’. Of course there are many other fireworks available all year round at Fireworks Den, so if you are planning a firework evening to celebrate autumn – or any other occasion for that matter, then don’t hesitate to come in store or contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world’s most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts – for everyone. This culminates in one great spectacle – the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks.

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The entire city is brought alive during The Edinburgh Festival as people travel from across the UK as well as from further afield to witness brilliant comedy, dance, visual art and music shows. Some of these are performed by amateurs, whilst there is also an abundance of more established artists too. As The Daily Telegraph said – ‘not just the most thrilling, beguiling, preposterously enjoyable place on Earth; it is also wonderfully addictive.’ Or as The Spectator suggested, ‘you can sleep in September’. You can sleep indeed, but once the flames from the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks have been extinguished.

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This year was the 66th annual Edinburgh Festival since it began in 1947. The Festival grew out of the rubble of the Second World War to lift the spirits of those affected by the tragic war time happenings across Europe. Although comedy, music, art and dance do lift people’s spirits, nothing can do so with quite the same amount of gusto as a supreme firework display! At least that’s what we think here at Fireworks Den.

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The Edinburgh Festival Fireworks took place this year on 1st September at 9pm for 45 minutes. The venue was Carlton Hill, right by the famous Edinburgh Castle. The 45 minute Edinburgh Festival Fireworks display was accompanied by music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 4 tonnes of fireworks were lit that night, which included the popular ‘waterfall of white light’ which cascaded down the sides of Castle Rock. This sees silver fireworks cascade 131 feet down the Castle rock – coarse aluminium flakes cause the fireworks to descend while fine aluminium flakes gives the display its silvery whiteness.

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It is estimated that it took the pyrotechnic experts an entire week to set up the fireworks in order to synchronise perfectly with the live music. These were said to be placed at 17 different levels beneath Edinburgh Castle. With spectators numbering more than 250,000, the organisers wanted to get it right! There was certainly great anticipation for the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks – as this taster commercial for ticket sales was released, it whet the appetites of firework fans from far and wide!

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So if that was the taster, what did the actual Edinburgh Fesitval Fireworks look like? Many spectators took videos which we are sure will appear on You Tube soon, however we have already found this one which gives a pretty good idea of what happened. Wow! What a show! If any of readers here at Fireworks Den were lucky enough to see and capture the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks, please send us your footage! There may even be a little prize in there for you!

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Remember you can contact us here and we are open 7 days a week. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Meteor Showers

This week has seen an incredible phenomenon across the skies as meteor showers have been hitting the news. Here at Fireworks Den, we are loving these meteor showers since they are just like natural fireworks lighting up the night sky. A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteroids entering the earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth’s surface. Intense or unusual meteor showers are known as meteor outbursts and meteor storms, which may produce more than 1,000 meteors per hour. To read more about the science behind meteor showers, please click here.

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This latest bout of meteor showers has been visible for a number of days now, and will continue until the end of the week. This is actually an annual event known as the Perseids meteor shower which peaks each year in mid-August. Although the number of visible meteors is hard to predict accurately, you can expect to see one at least every few minutes. They mostly appear as fleeting streaks of light lasting less than a second, much like shooting stars. The brightest meteors in these meteor showers leave behind trails of vaporised gases and glowing air molecules that take a few seconds to fade.

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The great thing about these meteor showers is that they can be seen with the naked eye. There is no need to use specialist astronomical equipment to view the sky. The best places to view these natural fireworks are in the most rural of areas. Skywatchers are in fact advised to lie on a blanket or reclining chair to get the best view, away from bright lights and street lamps. And with the sky lighting up with these meteor showers, budding photographers have battled to capture the perfect picture.

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If you have taken any great snaps, please send them to us at Fireworks Den. We would love to see your pictures. If you haven’t been lucky enough to spot any of the meteors yourself this week, then you can always come to Fireworks Den to buy some man-made fireworks! They might not be as high in the sky as nature’s own fireworks, but you certainly won’t miss them, and they will last a little longer! For more information, please feel free to contact us and we can help you.

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