Science, Tech, Math › Science 4th of July Science Projects Share Flipboard Email Print Science Chemistry Projects & Experiments Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated July 24, 2019 Are you seeking fun science projects that you can associate with the 4th of July? Try this collection of science projects that involve fireworks and red, white, and blue. 01 of 14 Make a Sparkler Tetra Images/Getty Images Sparklers are small hand-held fireworks that don't explode. They are among the safest and easiest fireworks to make yourself. 02 of 14 Homemade Firecrackers Jeff Harris Photography / Getty Images It's easy and inexpensive to make firecrackers yourself. This is a great pyrotechnics project, perfect for do-it-yourself types or persons who can't find firecrackers where they live. 03 of 14 Make Black Snakes Anne Helmenstine Black snakes are another type of firework that doesn't explode. Once you light these pyrotechnic devices they push out columns of black 'snakes'. This is an easy and safe fireworks project. 04 of 14 Classic Smoke Bomb kayla varley, Getty Images This is a fun project that only requires a couple of ingredients. When you light the smoke bomb, you'll get lots of white smoke, plus violet flames. 05 of 14 Safe Smoke Bomb Anne Helmenstine This is the non-cook version of the smoke bomb recipe. Since the ingredients don't need to be heated, you don't need to worry about spilling some on the stove and setting off your smoke alarm. 06 of 14 Bue & Red Fire Tornado Anne Helmenstine Make a tabletop fire tornado or whirlwind that displays red and blue flames. This is a great project to see how a vortex forms, plus it's a nice demonstration of metal salt emission spectra. You can even add white sparks or flames if you want to go red, white & blue. 07 of 14 Colored Smoke Recipes Henrik Sorensen, Getty Images Colored smoke is easy to make, but you will almost certainly need to order the dye used to make the color from a pyrotechnic hobby shop. The color is produced by vaporizing the dye, not by burning it. 08 of 14 Homemade Fuses Cultura RM/Rob Prideaux, Getty Images Fuses are handy to have around for firecrackers and smoke bombs. These fuses use common household materials. 09 of 14 Fountain Firework Anne Helmenstine You can adapt the homemade smoke bomb recipe to make a long-lasting fountain firework that shoots purple flames, plus a lot of smoke. 10 of 14 Patriotic Density Column Anne Helmenstine You can layer red, white, and blue liquids according to their density. This project is easy and educational. 11 of 14 Patriotic Colors Electrochemistry Demo Don Farrall, Getty Images Use electrolysis to change the liquids in a series of beakers from clear-red-clear to red-white-blue. This is an eye-catching chemistry demonstration that is perfect for the 4th of July! 12 of 14 Waterfall Firework Lanskeith17, public domain Make a waterfall firework that shoots out a river of fire, falling in glittering sparks 20-30 feet. This is an easy project that produces a cool effect. 13 of 14 Smoke Ring Cannon Anne Helmenstine If you've got fireworks, you've got smoke. Why not collect some of it to shoot smoke rings? This project works with colored water too. 14 of 14 How to Light Fireworks Safely Cultura RM/Rob Prideaux, Getty Images This isn't specifically a science project, but if you make your own fireworks it is important to know how to light them safely. Dislaimer Please be advised that the content provided by our website is for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. Fireworks and the chemicals contained within them are dangerous and should always be handled with care and used with common sense. By using this website you acknowledge that ThoughtCo., its parent About, Inc. (a/k/a Dotdash), and IAC/InterActive Corp. shall have no liability for any damages, injuries, or other legal matters caused by your use of fireworks or the knowledge or application of the information on this website. The providers of this content specifically do not condone using fireworks for disruptive, unsafe, illegal, or destructive purposes. You are responsible for following all applicable laws before using or applying the information provided on this website.