In the beginning…dating back to 7th century China, they believed that fire could disperse evil spirits. Sparks were a good omen, noise could frighten ghosts, and smoke was thought to create a healthy atmosphere. The combination of these elements became embedded in Chinese culture to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. The universal appeal is rooted in everyone’s consciousness today, that fireworks express happiness, bring good luck, pray for peace and invite celebration! Fireworks play an important role in a host of local, national and worldwide annual celebrations!
In Vermont, just about 98 % of the fireworks celebrations come from Northstar Fireworks. For over 32 years, David Swenson has been happily watching his dreams go up in smoke! David’s son Tom, the 2nd generation of this family run business, shared that an average show ranges from 8 – 12 hours of set up with a crew size varying from 3 -10 people, depending on the budget and the location.
“Most shows are shot manually; larger ones are shot electronically which takes much longer, some may even take days to set up. The 4th of July on the waterfront in Burlington is shot electronically. We shoot most of the shows you see in Vermont, from all the ski areas, Stowe, Jay Peak, Okemo, Smuggs, Burk, Bolton and the larger municipalities, Williston, Burlington, Colchester, Waterbury, Rutland, St Albans, Bennington and Brattleboro. We also travel to New Hampshire, Maine, New York and Massachusetts. We shoot a big New Year’s show for Chatham, MA, every year on the cape. We’ve shot many shows for the Band Phish including following them to Florida for a big music festival. Most recently we have been in South Carolina choreographing shows to music for finale shows at firework demos. We shoot year round, graduations, private parties, corporate events, grand openings, homecomings, school events, even sometimes funerals, town anniversary celebrations, fairs, music events, wedding proposals, weddings, civil unions, of course 4th of July and New Year’s Eve and whatever else people want to celebrate” shared Tom.
White are celestial. “Some ask for just white but the colors are so much better,” said DJ. Diana Jean has been working at Northstar Fireworks for over 11 years and shared that it’s nice to be part of all the happy celebrations. DJ has been participating in the Vermont Wedding Association’s bridal shows for a number of years so gets to meet and greet the couples at shows that are considering having fireworks at their weddings.
So the next time you need to disperse evil spirits, scare away ghosts or increase the intensity of your special event think combustible chemicals that cause spectacular explosions with amazing displays of brilliance and call the experts at Northstar Fireworks!