America’s second president, John Adams, wrote of the Fourth of July:

“I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival,” he wrote his wife, Abigail. “It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other…”

“…illuminations…” Hehe. He had no idea…

Behold, the power of duct tape and sparklers…

Step 1. Have me as a big brother, all the better to encourage pyrotechnomania from childhood on… (I’m SUCH a good influence…)

Step 2. Purchase 12 packages of cheap bamboo sparklers for approximately $4 at an SC fireworks retailer near you.

Step 3. cut handles off bottom of sparklers. Collect any leftover dust and pour over top.

Step 4. tape the sparklers together with duct tape, fortified more at the bottom than at the top, leaving just enough room for one sparkler to poke through the top. We’ll call that one “the FUSE”. By doing this, you shape the charge upwards… This is important, as you will see.

Step 5. cut hole in small (12” wide) cardboard box for the duct taped sparklers to sit in and be stable.

Step 6. Light “Fuse” sparkler

Step 7. RUN.

Step 8. Start camera…

Really. No idea. Here we have more sparklers. And a dryer.

And with online video, we get even more illumination.

By now you might want some real professional-type fireworks. Stacy McCain sent me this one a while back. Enjoy!