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4TH JULY CELEBRATIONS

WHAT: 4TH JULY CELEBRATIONS
WHY: NATIONAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS
WHEN: 4TH JULY 2019
WHERE: GLOBALLY
COST: FREE

Well, he’s been, upset the Royal Family and British Politicians, told us what we should do and climbed back on-board Airforce 1 back to the US. But, if it has taught us anything about Politics, it has at least proven that we are not the only Country with a fool at the helm!

As 4th July celebrations are around the corner, Americans across the world will be readying themselves for one of the biggest events in their family celebrations calendar.

In 1776, the USA declared its independence from Great Britain but whilst the event date was put into law as being the 4th July when the signatures were added to the Declaration of Independence, the remainder of the signees did not apply their John Hancock until 2 August 1776.

Today, celebrations take place in every Town and City and generally are centered around family entertainment including BBQ’s and family reunions and there is generally some sort of firework show on offer which will be either local government or nationally funded. However, some of the biggest companies in the US, like Macy’s hold a HUGE firework display in celebration of the event which is reported on across the US. Many of the shows will include patriotic music including the Star-Spangled Banner, Dixie (in the South) or Yankee Doodle (in the North East of the country). There is also the ‘Salute to the Union’ which is carried out by the Presidential Salute Battery which forms part of the US Infantry Regiment and one round is fired for each State and the event takes place in Arlington National Cemetery.

Some of the events are like re-runs of events of the time of the signing of the Declaration and there are even areas of the States that are wholly dedicated to the history of the period.

Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia houses a town which is a living history of the time and they have a cast of helpers who will take the public through what happened leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and actors will portray the likes of Thomas Jefferson and numerous other residents from the time who are being faithfully depicted.

4th July #Fireworks #PassFire

Firework events will be taking place across the States but here in the UK they are a little thin on the ground but if you are in the mood for a big celebration event for your family and friends, there are some taking place particularly around London.

Here is some of the entertainment on offer:

BEER FESTIVAL – THE WHITE HORSE, PARSONS GREEN LONDON

Includes of course BEER, an American BBQ and live music to get you in the mood.

RIB EATING CONTEST – THE BIG EASY, CHELSEA, LONDON

Since 1992, The Big Easy in on-trend Chelsea has been holding this event. If you just love sticky BBQ ribs and fancy a challenge, get along and munch away.

DEMOCRATS ABROAD PICNIC – PORTMAN SQUARE, LONDON

Sunday 30th June – this annual event attracts thousands of ex-patriots along to enjoy the festivities. Fantastic food concessions, music, entertainment and of course the chance to pick a spot and enjoy a picnic.

AMERICAN MUSEUM AND GARDENS, BATH

Not necessarily a place that I would especially associate with the US but, it is reported to be great fun. Saturday, 1st July, there will be fun, games and entertainment including American Football, cheerleading, classic fairground rides and great food from Spitfire BBQ. With live entertainment throughout, there will be plenty to see and do (they even have an Elvis tribute act!).

Of course, if you are planning a 4th July party of your own and want some top quality fireworks to enjoy in the evening, we are delivering all over the UK (to numerous customers both domestic and armed forces events) so get your order in as soon as possible and we can add you to the schedule.

So, have a great and more importantly safe 4th July and we hope you have a great time, wherever in the World you are.

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MACYS 4TH JULY FIREWORKS

WHAT: MACY’S 4TH JULY FIREWORKS
WHEN: SATURDAY 4th OF JULY 2015
WHAT TIME: PYROTECHNICS START AT 9.00PM
WHY: 39th ANNUAL MACY’S FIREWORKS DISPLAY
WHERE: NEW YORK CITY

Regular readers to our blog will be aware that this iconic show has had a little negativity over the last few years due to its location. Seven years ago, in commemoration of Henry Hudson’s journey into New York, the venue was changed from the East river to the Hudson River. At the time, this was thought to be a temporary move but thanks to the success of the move and overwhelming support from local businesses it has stayed on the Hudson River side, depriving the residents of Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn a decent view of the pyro – much to the annoyance of the locals.

This year however, the status quo has been restored as the display returns to its home on the East River. The brilliant twenty-five minute long display will feature over 40,000 shells at a rate of around 1,600 per minute. This colourful and vibrant show, designed by Gary Souza and a team of fifty pyro technicians, is expected to use some pretty and unusual effects such as snowball shells, glitter comets and zipping stars.

There are three locations where the fireworks will be launched from 4 specially constructed barges; these will be at 23rd Street, 37th Street and a double barge near Brooklyn Bridge.

It is recommended that viewers tune into the local radio station 1010 wins-Am which will be transmitting the music score as the show is fired. Alternatively, NBC will be screening the show live from 8pm (local time).

Special guests offering the entertainment will include the brilliant Gloria Estefan, Soul and gospel singer; Cece Winans and country star Rodney Atkins who will all be entertaining the crowds which usually top the 2 million mark!

We advise arriving at the location of your choice by around 5pm for a front row view as these popular spots will of course fill up quickly. The return to the original venue has of course reduced the number of viewing points but you may just manage to get a reservation at the River Café on the waterfront. The Brooklyn Bridge and the V E Macy Park are also expected to be very popular viewing platforms. Other good spots to set up camp will be anywhere above the lower east river bridges that gives you an unobstructed view of the sky, Manhattans FDR drive, Brooklyn bridge piers 1-6 and Brooklyn heights promenade, but again we suggest getting there early and making a day of it.

Here in the UK the maximum explosive power is double that in the US but, whilst we are happy to supply any Americans based in the UK, regrettably, due to transportation rules, we are unable to supply to the U.S.A … YET!!

Get in touch if you need anything at all to celebrate July 4th over in the UK with friends and family as we can deliver within a couple of days to any UK address for a small fee.

Happy 4th July from everyone at EPIC FIREWORKS 🙂

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4th OF JULY IN THE UK

WHAT: 4th OF JULY IN THE UK
WHEN: SATURDAY 4TH JULY 2015
WHERE: ALL OVER THE WORLD
WHY: CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY (NOT THE WILL SMITH MOVIE)

As we all know, America is a BIG country and according to one US website, the population as we speak is around 325,000,000 this figure does not include the 6.3 million Americans based in other countries across the world.

In the 2011 census it estimates 177,000 American ex-pats reside in the UK. The majority of Americans based in the UK are Military personnel, the largest cluster based near to the R.A.F bases of Mildenhall & Lakenheath, make up almost 18% of the population of those areas. Although we speak the same language, (sort of) there are many differences between the two nations.

Many Americans believe you can only purchase fireworks in the UK in November and for New Year’s Eve, definitely not the case as we sell fireworks every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day.

A recent survey of what Americans like about the UK threw up some surprising results. The top ten things liked were:

1. Our accent: American’s simply LOVE the British Accent (even when it’s pure Yorkshire).

2. Hospitality: It may be the case that the further north you travel, and the better you will be welcomed, Yorkshire folk are world-renowned for our friendliness.

3. Sincerity: Americans who vacate to the UK, have the impression we are a shy, quiet race, stiff upper lip and all that, but happily find that is not the case, if you receive a compliment from a Brit, you can be sure that it’s genuine.

4. “Gun culture” or lack of it: Firearm related deaths in the US at present number around 33,000 in the UK it is just 68, don’t bring your guns with you, you won’t need them here.

#EpicFireworks #KimKardashian #BreakTheInternet

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5. Humour: Our sense of humour is on the list at number 5, which was a surprise; I didn’t think they got it…

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6. History: Americans love history and what they find incredulous is that in most of the UK there are buildings in villages that outdated the age their country!

7. Royal ties: “Have you met the Queen” was a question I was asked more than once in my time there. Americans love our Royal family just as much as we do.

8. Europe: Links to Europe which was number eight on the list. When you consider that in the US, the territory is so vast they have 6 time zones (counting Hawaii & Alaska) it amazes them that they can be in Paris, France in 2hr 15 minutes whereas in some parts of America it can take you that to get to the next town!

9. Grocery stores: If you have ever been in a Walmart or similar in the US you will have noticed, they are massive. On average, a Walmart store will have 197,000 square feet of retail heaven, some as big as 260,000 square feet, the average for the UK is 2,400 square feet. So it was a shock to learn they prefer our smaller outlets and find them more homely.

Save a fortune with #EpicFireworks 🙂

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10. And finally Bonfire night and fireworks: The laws regarding fireworks in the UK are a lot less severe than in the USA. For example, US fireworks are limited to 500 grams of powder, whereas some of our bigger barrages contain over three times that amount. Our Awaken boasts 1.8 Kg of high quality 1.3G powder. (Please note – If you are resident in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey or New York, fireworks are banned to the general public).  

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In fact, there are very few states that have as relaxed laws as we do. We are able to let off fireworks any day of the year between 7am and 11pm with extensions on certain nights such as New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and bonfire night.

Although we cannot export to the US, we regularly get requests to supply Americans over here for various occasions from weddings to birthdays and of course the fabulous forth. So, why not make the best of the time while you are here so when your friends tell you of their 4th of July experiences, just remind them how powerful the pyro is over here, and literally blow them away.

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