For our U.S. readers, this evening marks the start of the 4th of July holiday celebration. Tonight, and all-day tomorrow, scores of families and friends will celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s independence in outdoor activities, picnics, and barbecues.

As occurs in many countries, the celebration includes spectacular fireworks that draws multitudes of spectators young and old. Consider that firecrackers were initially invented around 200 BC by the Chinese, to ward off evil. Also consider that the first demonstration of fireworks commemorated Independence Day on July 4, 1777.  Fireworks Celebration

We share with readers a rather interesting report, Fireworks: From China to America. The contributors are Patrick Penfield, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain and Arielle Spears, both from Syracuse Universitys Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

The commentary outlines why producing fireworks is so hazardous, and that China produces upwards of 94 percent of all fireworks supply. Chinese factories producing such products are required by law to contribute to a fund that compensates workers that are injured or harmed in a factory accident. Products are transported as hazardous material and workers overseeing fireworks displays require mandatory training and licensing. Unclear is how the ongoing trade conflicts among the U.S. and China will impact supplies and costs of fireworks demonstration.

In any case, we would like to extend all of our U.S. based readers a Happy 4th and do stay safe during the holiday. As you view those celebration fireworks, consider the ancient origins and the supply network logistics that led to the appearance at local and national events.

The Supply Chain Matters blog will resume publication on Monday, July 8.

Bob Ferrari- Founder and Executive Editor

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