Today, a fraction of the world's population celebrates its independence with shockingly expensive displays involving thousands of pounds of potassium nitrate and sulphur (and many more gallons of beer). But if you're a member of the other 6.7 billion people on Earth, fireworks aren't synonymous with a particular event or celebration.
In that spirit, while the rest of us are celebrating July 4th, enjoy ten videos that take place all over the world, all year around.
This beautiful long-exposure fireworks display, shot on a Canon 5D in Seoul, is scored to Sigur Ros. It comes courtesy of Poetic Zoo Studio.
Glendyn Ivin's fim, Cracker Bag, won the Palme D'Or at the Short Film Cannes Film Festival in 2003. It's a great short, if you're willing to sit still for twenty minutes—but if not, skip to 9:20 for sweet fireworks action.
The world's biggest fireworks competition, in Da Nang, Vietnam, was captured by photographer Rob Whitworth earlier this year.
A lovely ambient short from Ian Berenger.
Skateboarding and fireworks: What could go wrong? Find out at this party video by Zenga Bros, filmed in Vancouver on Halloween.
Singapore's National Day fireworks—along with some stunning general footage of the urban fabric—feature in this time lapse by Repro.
Extreme slow motion video makes for an amazing, abstract show in Paris, documented by Vimeo user sublab.
Lead: A video for I admit it now. I was scared., by Beacons, involved shooting hundreds of firecrackers off in an alley where three BMX riders were doing tricks.