4th of July Science Projects

4th of July Science Projects

Are you seeking fun science projects that you can associate with the 4th of July? Try this collection of science projects that involve fireworks and red, white, and blue.

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Make a Sparkler

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Sparklers are small hand-held fireworks that don't explode. They are among the safest and easiest fireworks to make yourself.

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Homemade Firecrackers

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It's easy and inexpensive to make firecrackers yourself. This is a great pyrotechnics project, perfect for do-it-yourself types or persons who can't find firecrackers where they live.

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Make Black Snakes

Anne Helmenstine

Black snakes are another type of firework that doesn't explode. Once you light these pyrotechnic devices they push out columns of black 'snakes'. This is an easy and safe fireworks project.

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Classic Smoke Bomb

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This is a fun project that only requires a couple of ingredients. When you light the smoke bomb, you'll get lots of white smoke, plus violet flames.

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Safe Smoke Bomb

Anne Helmenstine

This is the non-cook version of the smoke bomb recipe. Since the ingredients don't need to be heated, you don't need to worry about spilling some on the stove and setting off your smoke alarm.

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Bue & Red Fire Tornado

Anne Helmenstine

Make a tabletop fire tornado or whirlwind that displays red and blue flames. This is a great project to see how a vortex forms, plus it's a nice demonstration of metal salt emission spectra. You can even add white sparks or flames if you want to go red, white & blue.

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Colored Smoke Recipes

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Colored smoke is easy to make, but you will almost certainly need to order the dye used to make the color from a pyrotechnic hobby shop. The color is produced by vaporizing the dye, not by burning it.

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Homemade Fuses

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Fuses are handy to have around for firecrackers and smoke bombs. These fuses use common household materials.

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Fountain Firework

Anne Helmenstine

You can adapt the homemade smoke bomb recipe to make a long-lasting fountain firework that shoots purple flames, plus a lot of smoke.

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Patriotic Density Column

Anne Helmenstine

You can layer red, white, and blue liquids according to their density. This project is easy and educational.

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Patriotic Colors Electrochemistry Demo

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Use electrolysis to change the liquids in a series of beakers from clear-red-clear to red-white-blue. This is an eye-catching chemistry demonstration that is perfect for the 4th of July!

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Waterfall Firework

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Make a waterfall firework that shoots out a river of fire, falling in glittering sparks 20-30 feet. This is an easy project that produces a cool effect.

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Smoke Ring Cannon

Anne Helmenstine

If you've got fireworks, you've got smoke. Why not collect some of it to shoot smoke rings? This project works with colored water too.

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How to Light Fireworks Safely

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This isn't specifically a science project, but if you make your own fireworks it is important to know how to light them safely.


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