Fireworks Forever is committed to offering distinctive, high-quality products and unparalleled customer service. By continuously promoting the safe, respectful, and responsible enjoyment of all types of legal fireworks, Fireworks Forever strives to preserve and protect the enjoyment and use of fireworks, a founding American tradition.
Fireworks Forever was born out of love of family and respect for Service. Years ago, a family member lost their life in Service of our Country and arrived home near the 4th of July. It was a huge blow. Wanting to lift the family’s spirits and honor the life cut short, the founder decided to light up the heavens with fireworks. Seeing the joy that simple backyard show brought his family, he decided then and there to make family fireworks his vocation. In 1981 Fireworks Forever opened its first official store.
While the founder is now enjoying a retirement filled with grandchildren and music, the business continues on in the capable hands of the next generation. Truth be told, the next gen never thought they’d end up in the family business, but life has a way of suddenly rerouting plans. And when family needs help, you step up and help. Luckily, being raised in a family with a strong work ethic and passion for the arts – including the pyrotechnic arts – made making the switch to full-time fireworks geek pretty natural.
Under the current leadership team, Fireworks Forever remains committed to the reasons it was started in the first place and to “being part of the positive.” We take an active role in improving the fireworks industry as a whole and belong to many organizations that promote fireworks safety, awareness, and celebration. While we are well-known and trusted nationally and internationally, we are still very much a local, family-owned Company. We value community, education, and the arts – have you ever seen a pyromusical, it’s sky art – and give back by donating to many local and national causes.
We want to thank everyone who has supported and continues to support us in this adventure. We are truly fireworks geeks and look forward to helping you safely brighten your nights and create life-long memories with family and friends!
We’re in this business, because we love to help people celebrate and hearing your stories keeps our staff going. Please share your memories with us – message our facebook page, drop us an email, send us a card in the mail or give us a call. Who knows, your note may end up on our website! Here are a few of the many comments we have received:
“You supplied me…with some of the best fireworks I could find. You also have the lowest prices around. I Just want to say thanks for all you did. You brought life to my fireworks show last fourth of july! I will definitely be stopping in more than once this year to pick up my fireworks.”
“I will never buy from anywhere else!!! And yeah, I said never!”
“we had a great New Years Eve Fireworks display last night courtesy of Fireworks Forever!”
“Great place great prices and they help you out in the right direction!”
“AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE!! SUPER HAPPY EMPLOYEES!!”
“Best deal for WISCO Fireworks…”
“Thanks to you all for the fabulous fireworks. It is such a treat for us all.”
“Nice clean store with lots to choose from. Glad we found you.”
“Very helpful customer service! Had no idea what I was looking for and they helped a ton!”
“Thank you so much for the fireworks!! The package you put together was awesome, everybody loved the show! They were the hit of the party – Lots of comments.”
“Best fireworks store ever! Friendly helpful staff,great products and great prices!”
“Amazing staff very knowledgeable about their products. Answered all my questions without any grief. Can’t wait to do business with them ASAP”
“[Your fireworks gave us] the best home show we’ve ever seen. Everyone loved it.””The ‘Fireworks Fans’ of Madeline Island thank you! We save the best for August…We have a running list of your recommendations.”
HISTORY OF FIREWORKS:
“The day will be the most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival…It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward and forevermore.”
So wrote John Adams on July 3, 1776 to his wife after the Continental Congress decided to proclaim the American colonies independent of England. Fireworks were associated with Independence Day even before the signing of the Declaration.
The discovery of gun powder and the invention of the first fireworks (bamboo cases or rolled paper tubes filled with explosives) are traditionally credited to the Chinese, although India is also a likely source. The sound of these first firecrackers, which appeared about 1,000 years ago, was so loud that the Chinese believed the noise would scare away evil spirits. Almost any event – a birth, death, wedding, coronation or New Year Celebration – became a fit occasion for fireworks.
Fireworks made their way to Europe sometime in the 13th century, probably carried back from the East by Crusaders. Their popularity grew, and by the 15th century they were widely used for religious festivals and public entertainment. The Italians were the first to manufacture fireworks and were the undisputed European masters of fireworks-making through the end of the 17th century. Their wares were used all over Europe to mark great occasions.
The earliest settlers brought their love of fireworks to the New World, where firings of black powder were used to celebrate holidays and impress the natives. Pranksters in the colony of Rhode Island caused enough problems that in 1731 a ban was established on the mischievous use of fireworks.
By the time of the American Revolution, fireworks had long played a part in celebrating important events. It was natural that not only John Adams, but also many of his countrymen, should think of fireworks when independence was declared. The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777, six years before Americans knew whether the new nation would even survive the war, and fireworks were a part of the revels.
Americans’ spirit of celebration continued to grow and fireworks became more popular than ever. The fireworks of today, however, are a far cry from the first fireworks. While they are still mostly hand-made, strict regulations are now in place to ensure that every consumer firework is safe as possible. These regulations, coupled with growing public education, have helped to decrease the amount of firework-related injuries to all time lows, even as the use of consumer fireworks grows at a rapid rate.
Nowadays, fireworks can be seen throughout the year in communities large and small, in sports stadiums, amusement parks, backyards, picnics, reunions, graduations, weddings, and more. Whether it’s a professional display or a couple consumer fountains, there’s nothing like a fireworks display to add that spectacular finishing touch to any occasion. Fireworks truly are an American tradition.