First Friday: The Science of Fireworks

Museum Programs & Activities
Friday, July 1, 2022
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Join us on the First Friday of every month for an evening of fun activities, special talks and tours, and a chance to explore unique objects and stories from our museum and library collections. Reservations are strongly encouraged.


Illustration of fireworks on the Seine, Paris, 1884

Color plate illustrating a fireworks display held over the Seine River in Paris, France. Figure 53 from Chemistry, Developed by Facts and Principles Drawn Chiefly from the Non-Metal, 1884.

Science History Institute

Celebrate this month’s First Friday with a bang as we explore the chemistry and artistry of fireworks through the ages. What’s in a firework? How do we make those stunning shades and shapes? You’ll enjoy an evening of interactive fun and colorful surprises.

At First Friday you can:

  • Make your own dazzling firework bookmark to take home
  • See treasures from our library collections that showcase the explosive history of pyrotechnics
  • Learn how optics, physics, and chemistry create exciting spectacles in the sky
  • Play a chemistry card game and win prizes


About First Fridays

Spark your curiosity while exploring the exhibits after hours! First Fridays bring together a myriad of activities covering everyday science, historical oddities, and everything in between. Grab your friends, and kick off an evening of discovery, surprise, and a little nerdy fun.

First Fridays at the Institute are always free and open to the public; registration is strongly encouraged. Attendees will receive a 10% discount to National Mechanics restaurant.