The complicated truth behind the empire of the United States of America

Let's celebrate the USA on July 4th! How big does the celebration go across America? Across the 50 states, duh. The 48 contiguous, Alaska and Hawaii. But what about Washington DC? And the Indian territories? Puerto Rico? Guam? The Virgin Islands? And let's not get into places you've never heard of like Johnston Atoll… » 7/03/14 8:31pm 7/03/14 8:31pm

How To Take Fireworks Photos With Your Phone

It just wouldn't be the Fourth of July without the climactic boom of fireworks. If you want to keep that memory all year—or at least share it with all of your friends on Instagram—these tips will help you get lovely photos with your phone, even if you're not a pro. » 7/03/14 1:28pm 7/03/14 1:28pm

The world's largest firework fills the sky with hundreds of explosions

It costs $1500, measures in at about 4 feet in diameter and causes an explosion in the sky almost half a mile long. It's the infamous Yonshakudama firework from Japan and if you can somehow snag the sky lighting cannonball before July 4th and shoot it up at your local park, you'd probably become king of America. » 6/27/14 10:48pm 6/27/14 10:48pm

Shooting Challenge: Water Fight

Summer's in full swing. So it's time to make excuses. Excuses to use your camera, to be immature, and to hit somebody consentingly in the face with a water balloon. » 7/10/13 4:31pm 7/10/13 4:31pm

Shooting Challenge: Fireworks

Say what you will about Americans, but we are really, really good at blowing things up. And for this week's Shooting Challenge—and the 4th of July!—we're going to celebrate that in our traditional fashion. » 7/03/13 11:02am 7/03/13 11:02am

Shooting Challenge: FIREWORKS!!!

The Fourth of July is tomorrow. And as usual, we'll celebrate our nation's independence (sorry international readers) by blowing up a small chunk of it. So get out your cameras and document the beautiful idiocy. » 7/03/12 2:40pm 7/03/12 2:40pm

How to Photograph Fireworks (The Right Way)

What sort of July 4th would it be without big bang boom fireworks? But when you take pictures of them, how come it never looks good? The Smithsonian's Bigger Picture has culled some tips on how to properly shoot fireworks. » 7/04/11 3:00pm 7/04/11 3:00pm

Here Are the Fourth of July iPhone and iPad Games Sales

There's nothing more American than a holiday filled with barbecue, fireworks, drinking, watermelon and app sales. That's right. Just like last year, a bunch of iPhone and iPad games have slashed their prices. Here's the ones you should get: » 7/01/11 12:53pm 7/01/11 12:53pm

200 Phantasmagoric Photos of Fireworks

July 4th is the only day each year when Americans gather in mass to celebrate the simple pleasure of blowing things up (...and independence). The 200 entries in this week's Shooting Challenge do justice to this strange, wonderful tradition. » 7/07/10 2:00pm 7/07/10 2:00pm

Giz Service Announcement: Aim Fireworks Into the Air, Not At Your Mom

Here's another clip from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that proves, once and for all, that it is not okay to point fireworks at family members. Happy July 4th everybody! [CPSC] » 7/03/09 9:00pm 7/03/09 9:00pm

This 21-Gun Salute To America Blows Fireworks Away

You want fireworks for the Fourth? Oh, I've got some fireworks for you—21 crazy boomsticks, in fact. All in honor of our nation's 233 birthday. » 7/03/09 4:00pm 7/03/09 4:00pm

Giz Service Announcement: Fireworks Can Blow Up Your Face

Hey everyone, just checking in to make sure your holiday is kicking off with a bang. But that you haven't blown your face off with some giant aerial fireworks. Happy July 4th everybody! [CPSC] » 7/03/09 12:30pm 7/03/09 12:30pm

Sega's Virtual Fireworks Machine Takes the Fun Out of Explosions

Sega Toys is coming out with the Uchiage Hanabi, essentially a limited-function projector that shows fake fireworks on your ceilings or walls, complete with sound. » 7/03/09 10:00am 7/03/09 10:00am

Explained: Fireworks vs Firecrackers vs Sparklers

While prepping for our nation's independence, we came across this excellent explanation as to how most basic fireworks function. The clip takes about a minute of your time and will imbue you with impressive knowledge for this July 4th. [HowStuffWorks] » 7/02/09 10:50am 7/02/09 10:50am

U.S. Travelers Lose 12,000 Laptops Every Week

All you travelers coming home tomorrow from your wild and crazy Independence Day weekend vacations, don't be one of 12,000 people who lose their laptops at airports every week. That's right, that ain't no typo—12,000 dudes and dudettes somehow manage to misplace their portable computers every seven days. That's… » 7/05/08 9:30pm 7/05/08 9:30pm

NASA Shows Off Fireworks In Space

Before we completely bid adieu to our nation's birthday, we here at Gizmodo would like to give one more shout-out to the fourth of July. Seems like even the stars in the sky can't resist putting up a display for good ol' American freedom. These red-white-and-blue pictures of Supernova remnant SN 1006 are what's left… » 7/05/08 10:00am 7/05/08 10:00am

Celebrate July 4th the Gizmodo Way

How do you celebrate July 4th like a true Gizmodian? If you answered "waking up on the 5th with a severe hangover and sparkler burns where the sun don't shine," you'd be correct! Oh, that, and visiting our July 4th tag. » 7/04/08 5:00pm 7/04/08 5:00pm

Giz Service Announcement: Aim Fireworks Into the Air, Not At Your Mom

Well, we hope you've had a good day off, a great BBQ and plenty of watermelon. Also, we hope that you didn't blow up your face. We'll leave you with one last Consumer Product Safety Commission clip that proves, once and for all, that it is NOT okay to point fireworks at friends and family members. They may end up in a… » 7/04/08 4:00pm 7/04/08 4:00pm