Thursday, July 5, 2012


Grass Valley once again delivered a spectacular fireworks show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The people I sat with and I were discussing the origin of fireworks so looked it up when I got home and have listed what I found below.

Fireworks are a class of explosive pyrotechnic devices used for aesthetic and entertainment purposes. The most common use of a firework is as part of a fireworks display. A fireworks event (also called a fireworks show or pyrotechnics) is a display of the effects produced by firework devices. Fireworks competitions are also regularly held at a number of places. Fireworks (devices) take many forms to produce the four primary effects: noise, light, smoke, and floating materials (confetti for example). They may be designed to burn with flames and sparks of many colors, typically red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and silver. Displays are common throughout the world and are the focal point of many cultural and religious celebrations.
The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China, where they were invented. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. It is a part of the culture of China and had its origin there, eventually it spread to other cultures and societies. Important events and festivities such as the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) and the Mid-Autumn Festival were and still are times when fireworks are guaranteed sights. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.

While the show itself was great, the $8 per person as well as $5 per car to park fees seem a bit high in the sky as there are many places to watch the show without having to a pay any fees.

Getting out of the many parking lots will take up more of your evening than the fireworks show itself. While I have been to the show for five consecutive years, as I get older I wonder if I'm getting any wiser. Next year I may watch them from the Raley's parking lot but I know if I do not pay the fees there would be no fireworks at all. The cost of the show is $15,000 for the fireworks only, we all need to pay our way so please support the Grass Valley Downtown Association as well as the Chamber. Thank you for what you do.

1 comment:

  1. We appreciate those that come to the fairgrounds and help the Chambers and the downtown association to put on this display...without YOU... there would be NO fireworks in Nevada County... it is a cost ONLY for the fireworks of about $15,000 dollars, plus rental of the fairgrounds and many other miscellaneous costs... we LOVE Nevada County and want to continue to provide a fun-filled evening of fireworks and more... SO again, on behalf of the 4th of July Committee... we THANK YOU!


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