By: Beki Akins | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2018
Here in North America we celebrate our freedom and those who have and do serve our great nation for that freedom. Across this nation on July 4th, celebrations will include fireworks some little, some noisy and some will create huge beautiful colors that light up the skies.
Interesting fact about fireworks. They were discovered in China. All by accident sometime between 600-900 AD by mixing some common kitchen seasoning along with charcoal, sulfur and a few other ingredients created a form of gunpowder. Then to see how to get this formula to ignite, it was put into bamboo shoots and thrown into the fire to produce a loud blast. There you have it, Fireworks were born! By the Renaissance time, schools were learning how to make fireworks produce brilliant colors and booming sounds.
On July 3, 1776, the day before the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife in which he presaged the role of fireworks in Fourth of July celebrations. “The day will be most memorable in the history of America,” he predicted. “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 [a term for fireworks] From one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
So, where do you find the largest selection? At the Castle of Muskogee, it has near to 37,000 square feet of Fireworks. The quantity and selection is amazing: imagine a Castle filled to the rafters with an array of pyrotechnic choices - that’s what awaits you in Muskogee! The Castle is air conditioned, with accessible restrooms, paved parking, and knowledgeable and friendly salespeople to assist you. The annual fireworks sale lasts from June 15th through July 5th, with special discount pricing throughout the showroom.
The Castle of Muskogee has fireworks to please anyone, with prices for every budget. There are novelty fireworks for smaller children, plus more than 400 items for teens and adults, including the country’s largest selection of Heavyweight and Multi-action displays (80+ 500 Grams to choose from). Select from many versions of specially priced Family Packs and other hand-picked assortments to get the most bang for your buck. With each purchase of $50 or more, a complimentary Halloween Festival ticket (valid VIP Weekend) will be included. Perhaps one of the best reasons to shop with the Castle, however, is that we guarantee all fireworks to light!
Family Founded, locally operated and community oriented – Castle Fireworks are red white and blue from the foundation up. Purchasing fireworks from the Castle is just as much about family and community as it is about your Fourth Celebrations! We are proud to provide 150+ employment opportunities to the youth of Green Country during their summer breaks. Throughout their time with the castle, team members are trained in Customer Service, registers, and educated about the products we carry.
The Castle inspects fireworks through the American Fireworks Standards Laboratory before they leave China to assure your safety. All fireworks are inspected again by the Consumer Product Safety Commission once they get to the USA. All fireworks are guaranteed to light.
The Castle has over a quarter-million people visit each year for a variety of events including: The Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, The Castle Zombie Run, the Halloween Festival, the Boare’s Head Feast, and Castle Christmas, plus weddings, and private and corporate gatherings. The Castle of Muskogee is Oklahoma’s Gateway to Another World!
The Castle’s fireworks shopping hours and dates are: June 15 - June 28, 10:00 am till 9:00 pm; June 29 – July 4, 9:00 am till 10:00 pm; and July 5, 10:00 am till 5:00 pm.
Fireworks are beautiful when they explode in the sky in multiple colors, patterns and sequences. Follow safety rules and use basic precautions when handling fireworks so that your celebration remains beautiful and safe. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Council on Fireworks Safety offer the following safety checklist: Always read and follow label directions. Have an adult present. Buy from reliable sellers. Use outdoors only. Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket). Only shoot from a hard, flat & level surface. Never experiment or make your own fireworks. Light only one firework at a time. Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 minutes then soak it in water). Never give fireworks to small children. If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place. Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water before putting in the trash. Never throw or point fireworks at other people. Never carry fireworks in your pocket. Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers. The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework. Stay away from illegal explosives.
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