fireworksEvery Fourth of July our country celebrates with fireworks. Personally, I love them and wanted to share a brief history of their origins. It is believed that the Chinese first discovered gunpowder and the invention of the first fireworks. Since they made so much noise, the Chinese believed they would scare away evil spirits and began using them at every celebratory occasion from births to weddings. Around the 13th century, crusaders most likely carried fireworks to Europe where they gradually gained recognition and popularity, also being used to mark festive occasions. The Italians were credited with being the first Europeans to manufacture fireworks, and when Italian settlers came to this country in the 1700’s, they brought with them their love of fireworks and this country began to use them in celebrating holidays.

Early Lingo wishes everyone and happy, fun and safe Fourth of July!