Happy 4th of July, everybody!

JULY 4  "ALL AMERICAN FOURTH OF JULY" FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, put on by the City of Palm Springs and POWER Baseball; 9:15pm (entry at 8pm).  Fireworks will follow the Palm Springs POWER vs. the Novato Knicks at 6:05pm; Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Rd. Palm Springs; Free Admission to fireworks; game tickets $7 Adults, $6 kids and seniors; (760)323-8272 palmspringspowerbaseball.com

JULY 4 FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION 7:15, live concert 9-9:30pm, fireworks; Palm Desert Civic Center, 73-510 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert; (760)346-0611; cityofpalmdesert.org

JULY 4 ROTARY CLUB FIREWORKS SHOW & CELEBRATION 6pm concert & Color Guard, 9pm fireworks; Yucca Valley High School football field, Yucca Valley; (760)365-0444.

Oh, and here's a simple table we found on Wikipedia, explaining the chemistry of fireworks:

AluminumAluminum is used to produce silver and white flames and sparks. It is a common component of sparklers.silver, white
BariumBarium is used to create green colors in fireworks, and it can also help stabilize other volatile elements.green
CarbonCarbon is one of the main components of black powder, which is used as a propellant in fireworks. Carbon provides the fuel for a firework. Common forms include carbon black, sugar, or starch.
CalciumCalcium is used to deepen firework colors. Calcium salts produce orange fireworks.orange
ChlorineChlorine is an important component of many oxidizers in fireworks. Several of the metal salts that produce colors contain chlorine.
CesiumCesium compounds help to oxidize firework mixtures. Cesium compounds produce an indigo color in fireworks.indigo
CopperCopper produces blue-green colors in fireworks and halides of copper are used to make shades of blue.blue-green, blue
IronIron is used to produce sparks. The heat of the metal determines the color of the sparks.yellow
PotassiumPotassium compounds help to oxidize firework mixtures. Potassium nitrate, potassium chlorate, and potassium perchlorate are all important oxidizers. The potassium content can impart a violet-pink color to the sparks.violet-pink
LithiumLithium is a metal that is used to impart a red color to fireworks. Lithium carbonate, in particular, is a common colorant.red
MagnesiumMagnesium burns a very bright white, so it is used to add white sparks or improve the overall brilliance of a firework.white
SodiumSodium imparts a yellow color to fireworks, however, the color is often so bright that it frequently masks less intense colors.yellow
OxygenFireworks include oxidizers, which are substances that produce oxygen in order for burning to occur. The oxidizers are usually nitrates, chlorates, or perchlorates. Sometimes the same substance is used to provide oxygen and color.
PhosphorusPhosphorus burns spontaneously in air and is also responsible for some glow in the dark effects. It may be a component of a firework's fuel.
RubidiumRubidium compounds help to oxidize firework mixtures. Rubidium compounds produce a violet-red color in fireworks.violet-red
SulfurSulfur is a component of black powder, and as such, it is found in a firework's propellant/fuel.
AntimonyAntimony is used to create firework glitter effects.white
StrontiumStrontium salts impart a red color to fireworks. Strontium compounds are also important for stabilizing fireworks mixtures.red
TitaniumTitanium metal can be burned as powder or flakes to produce silver sparks.silver
ZincZinc is a bluish white metal that is used to create smoke effects for fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices.

Be safe out there, folks.

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