5 Surprising Facts About America's Favorite Exploding Pastime

Firecrackers are essentially un-American, even though we associate them our most deeply patriotic celebration, the Fourth of July. The fact is that firecrackers are foreign-born novelties, and have been as long as Americans have lit them for a noisy salute to the nation's birth. As it turns out, firecracker… » 7/04/14 2:00pm 7/04/14 2:00pm

This USA Chalkboard Map Takes You Back to Geography Class

This wipe away USA chalkboard map reminds me of those pull-down maps you had in grade school. Except you won't get in trouble for drawing all over this one. » 7/04/13 5:00pm 7/04/13 5:00pm

Here's a Patriotic Playlist for Your July 4th BBQ

You've already checked marching band music off your list if you went to a local parade this morning. Now that you've got that covered, here's a Fourth of July-themed Spotify playlist so you can rock out, America-style today. » 7/04/13 2:00pm 7/04/13 2:00pm

All the Amazing Facts About Your Fireworks Injury

Fireworks go boom, and when things go boom, sooner or later somebody gets hurt. For a blow-by-blow taxonomy of fireworks injuries, we turn the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, which each year documents the damage we do to ourselves around the Fourth of July. » 7/04/13 10:00am 7/04/13 10:00am

Where the Different Colors of Fireworks Actually Come From

If you want to scientifically impress your friends tomorrow (or look like a hoity toity smartypants), you can tell them what the color of fireworks really mean. See that explosion of electric white? That's white-hot metal flakes. Gorgeous red array? Strontium Carbonate. It's all about the chemicals, baby. » 7/03/12 5:20pm 7/03/12 5:20pm

The Fireworks Laws of Every State

If you're looking to blow some stuff up tomorrow, it's probably a good idea to know what sort of fireworks you're "legally" allowed to use according to state law. This map will give you all the information you need to know on whether fireworks are legal, illegal or incredibly lame in your state. » 7/03/12 11:40am 7/03/12 11:40am

An American Flag Full of Tweets

No offense to Betsy Ross, but this is an American flag made for the 21st Century. It's a digital weave created from the avatars of Twitter users who tweet about Independence Day using a July 4th hashtag. » 7/04/11 10:30pm 7/04/11 10:30pm

Express Your Patriotism With This ANSI Art

It's Fourth of July here in the states. While most Americans are celebrating with non-stop food, beer and fireworks, Barry Ritholtz took a break from the festivities to create this ingenious ANSI art. Amazingly, this creation only uses 100 characters so it's Twitter-safe and perfect for some re-Tweet love this holiday… » 7/04/11 4:30pm 7/04/11 4:30pm

Make the Most of Your Day Off with These 24 Fourth of July Hacks

We're celebrating the Fourth of July here in the States, which means a day of outdoor summer fun spent eating, drinking, and partying with friends and family. Make your Independence Day that much better with one of these Fourth-friendly hacks. We're talking food hacks, simple summertime DIY, better fireworks pics, … » 7/04/11 12:00pm 7/04/11 12:00pm

Super Slow-Motion Fireworks Explosions: The Best Way to Love America…

In the timeless battle between fireworks and food, there's only ever been one clear winner: those of us who get to watch them meet at a gloriously slowed down 2,000 frames per second. Jell-O! Mayo! Egg! All exploded for our pleasure, compliments of PopSci. » 7/01/11 10:00am 7/01/11 10:00am

The Worst Fireworks Safety Advice You'll Ever Get

Happy Independence Day! Before doing your constitutionally mandated duty of blowing things up—or watching things get blown up by professionals, if you live in a boring state—make sure you're caught up on these finer points of fireworks safety. » 7/04/10 6:00pm 7/04/10 6:00pm

Homemade Fireworks: What Could Be Safer?

Just two more days until normally upstanding citizens take fate into their own hands and start playing with fireworks. Since we're all about safety here at Gizmodo, we've decided to help point y'all in the right direction, everything from finding the necessary chemicals to creating your very own sparklers. Isn't the… » 7/02/06 2:19pm 7/02/06 2:19pm

Stink Up The Neighborhood This July 4th

On this Fourth of July, remind yourself that we were once but colonies of the great Britannia, with this Union Jack Firepit Brazier, constructed from stainless steel and versatile enough to let you use it as a barbecue grill and then gather around it and sing "Kumbaya" afterward. Now you can join the pyromania as you… » 6/30/06 3:31pm 6/30/06 3:31pm

Pluma, Propane Tank Redesign

Everyone out there has a propane tank sob story. You know, you host a big Fourth of July bash and everyone comes over and catches a glimpse of your ungodly ugly, white propane tank and leaves the party, stealing your dog on the way out. Yeah this has happened to the best of us. » 6/30/06 3:01pm 6/30/06 3:01pm

Flavored Food Skewers Take Guesswork Out of BBQ

As real men would know (not that I've ever claimed to be one), getting meats to taste just right, infused with a particular flavor, is an absolute nightmare when barbecuing. Sensing a way to make a couple of dollars, Callisons Inc. has come out with pre-seasoned skewers. Once soaked in the liquid of your choice, be it… » 6/30/06 12:30pm 6/30/06 12:30pm

Disposable Camera Made Permanent: Priceless

Who says that camera is disposable? If you're looking for a digital camera to document those Fourth of July festivities but don't have the bucks for, say, a digital SLR, spend $10 on a disposable camera and then use the instructions from Elephant Staircase to modify it into one that you can use over and over. » 6/30/06 11:56am 6/30/06 11:56am

Make New iFriends With the iBag Turntable

With the iBag turntable, you could conceivably annoy the living daylights out of your fellow citizens this holiday weekend. Sure, it may look like a child's toy bag that probably costs $2 to make, but it's actually a clever, multi-talented iPod-integrated bag (that probably costs $2 to make). » 6/30/06 11:50am 6/30/06 11:50am

Target, Red Cross First Aid Kit

Everyone knows you haven't lived until a Black Cat has exploded in the palm of your hand, preferable with the fist closed. Sure you can pour water on the wound and try to clean it up before going to the hospital, but this first aid and preparedness kit from Target should do the trick this fourth when your hands are… » 6/30/06 10:17am 6/30/06 10:17am

Fireworks Photo Tips

Big holiday weekend coming up, and you might want to take a few pictures of the bang bang on Tuesday night. But that can be tricky. Ed Krimen at Photobird gives us his top five tips for shooting fireworks, which might just make the difference between bringing the shot home to momma and ending up with some, uh, modern… » 6/30/06 9:54am 6/30/06 9:54am