The History of Fireworks in America

Every Fourth of July, we celebrate America’s freedom with a grand display of fireworks. But do you know the reason why we light up the sky every Independence Day? You may be on summer break, but learning never stops! Here’s the history of fireworks in America.


There’s a famous song in America that goes something like “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” Recognize it? Of course you do, but what you may not know is that the phrase comes from the Battle of Fort Mchenry (also known as the Battle of Baltimore) where our traditional celebration with fireworks came to be.

In the fall of 1814, the War of 1812 was still at large. An attorney known as Francis Scott Key boarded a British ship attempting to negotiate the release of an American prisoner of war. During that time, Key discovered Britain’s plan to attack Fort Mchenry and was thus promptly held detained by the British so that he could not foil their plans.

That night, Key was the major witness of a large battle. As he watched the night sky light up, he could see the American flag in the distance. That symbol not only encouraged him to hold on to hope, but inspired him to write a poem that we now know as the “Star Spangled Banner.”

As a tribute to Francis Scott Key, America now celebrates Independence Day every Fourth of July by lighting the sky with fireworks.

Although Key is our greatest attribution to the fireworks show, the idea of fireworks started all the way back on July 4, 1776 when our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, declaring America to be its own country independent from Britain. Thereafter, John Adams stated that this day should be long remembered and celebrated with parades, games and “illuminations,” otherwise known as fireworks.

As you celebrate America’s freedom this weekend, we hope you remember the brave men like Francis Scott Key and John Adams who worked to shape our country to what we enjoy today. Don’t forget, we will be celebrating at Ceour D’alene’s Fourth of July Festival. Come stop by our booth and say hello, and get a free pair of iSucceed sunglasses from us! We hope you have a great Independence Day!

  • How are you celebrating this Fourth of July? Share with us in the comments below!

Four Myths About Online School—Busted!

When you first heard about attending an online high school, you may have been a little hesitant. In fact, you probably had so many questions that you felt like it was just too much to handle. Well, you’re not alone. That’s why we took the top four online high school myths, and busted them, in this blog post!


Myth #1- Colleges won’t accept diplomas from online high schools

This is a big one. A lot of people worry that because they attended an online high school, the diploma they earn is somehow not worth as much as the one from a brick-and-mortar school. Not true. As long as the online school is accredited from the proper board such as the North Central Association Commission (NCA, the accreditation unit of AdvancED)—where iSucceed Virtual High School received its accreditation—you will get all the credit needed.

Myth #2- Online high schools are as expensive as private schools.

We can easily bust this one! iSucceed Virtual High School is completely tuition free. State-sponsored charter schools give online students the opportunity to get a quality education for free and get ahead. Some online schools do charge and that’s why we recommend you do your research and find out what the best fit is for you. At iSucceed, we are always enrolling. Apply online here!

Myth #3- Distance learning students don’t get enough socialization.

This is another myth that may worry some parents and students. Being in an online environment could seem isolating at times and even thought to have a negative impact on the students because they’re not socializing or making friends at school. At iSucceed, we have a variety of activities for students to attend so they can get to know their peers and be social. Because we have an online environment, we also provide the opportunity to interact with other students and teachers through our Parent Student Portal (PSP) where we house message boards, provide email communication and more. We value student and staff interactions and encourage the Primavera community to stay connected online, as well as offline.

Myth #4- Online Instructors can’t provide personal attention to students.

This one is an ongoing myth we are proud to say we can bust! Because online teachers don’t physically teach in a classroom, a lot of people think they can’t provide one-on-one support for students in the online environment. But in reality, the opposite is actually true. At iSucceed, our teachers hold “live” online sessions and communicate individually with students via phone calls, emails, tutoring sessions and in our PSP. Oftentimes, our students find that they communicate much more with their teachers here than they ever did in a traditional setting.

  • So, we’ve busted these four myths but know there are a lot more out there. Leave us a comment and share with us an online high school myth you’ve busted or feel free to ask us a question. We’re happy to help!




Katie Allison

I have worked for iSucceed since the school’s start in 2008. Currently, I teach social studies subjects and have served as a team leader, department head, and club facilitator over the years. I’ve been teaching since 1998 and enjoy working with a variety of students, subjects, and environments! I first started teaching online back in 2002, when the notion of online schooling was rare.

I love teaching online for many reasons. It gives me additional time to spend with my son and husband while maintaining a career. It also provides the opportunity to work with a variety of students. Finally, it enhances my interest in educational technology. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities, exercise, music, reading, new technology, pop culture, learning and art.