Fifth-Generation Pyrotechnician Jim Souza on Firework Design

This Independence Day, fifth-generation family-owned Pyro Spectaculars will put on over 400 firework events in one evening, according to Fast Company. Chief Show Designer Jim Souza does it all—from permits to ignition. And he explains that designing a fireworks show is much like creating the narrative for a film—it’s all about an emotional arc. In fact, Souza and Pyro Spectaculars actually storyboard their shows out. …

Celebratory, Fresh Fourth of July Cocktails

Forgo novelty drinks for real fruit-influenced flavor profiles

With such creativity dedicated to the world of cocktail-making, it’s become easy to focus on a particular style or type of ingredient. With Fourth of July drinks frequently dominated by novelty items and colorful synthetic materials, we thought we’d keep it fresh—literally—with fruit components. As with all mixed drink menus, you’ll still find cordials and bitters and simple syrup but each of the six options …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Interactive porn, an emotional first aid kit, animals who love tech and more in our look around the web

1. Animals That Love Touchscreens “Orangutans at the Miami Zoo are already using tablets to give their keepers dinner suggestions,” explains a new report by Atlas Obscura. We’ve long observed or heard about cats’ reactions to iPad games or penguins playing with tablets. But touchscreen use has grown beyond this and found value within scientific studies, rehabilitation efforts and plain old fun. Species ranging from …

Star-Spangled Apparel

For the Fourth of July and beyond, celestial-patterned items

The Fourth of July festivities oftentimes involve celebratory outfits of red, white and blue. There’s more to Americana than that, however—and clearly more to the nation’s flag. Both striped and star-spangled items denote participation. And this year, we’ve opted for starry pieces that are wearable long after the holiday has passed. From unisex T-shirts and caps to embroidered shorts and more, we selected a few …

Oscar Mayer’s Healthier Hot Dog-Delivering WienerDrone

The newest member of Oscar Mayer’s WienerFleet, the WienerDrone will be making a hot dog delivery in Weiner, Arkansas for the Fourth of July. Joining the WienerMobile, WienerRover, WienerMini and a new WienerCycle, all vehicles in the fleet will be distributing a healthier variety of the product. The brand has removed all nitrates from its line of classic hot dogs. There will be no price …