Do you know
Santo de Chispas
-- Saint Sparky --

the patron saint of fireworks and human mischief?

One of Saint Sparky's helpers handing out fireworks.

The Story of Saint Sparky.

"Saint Sparky" (Santo de Chispas) was an anonymous Franciscan Monk who lived in Spanish California in the early 1800s. He visited San Francisco once a year to buy fireworks and bring them back to his mission. He would then don a disguise and in the stealth of night distribute small bags of fireworks to the naughtiest and most mischievous boys and girls. Through his meditation and studies he had come to believe that almost all human efforts to create and live by rules to help us be "good" inevitably backfired. He believed that we must accept--and even encourage--at least some human "badness" to keep our efforts to strive for goodness from becoming misguided constraints. Distributing small and generally harmless fireworks to the "bad" children was his way of telling these children that they were really okay...that much of their naughtiness was actually "good."

The Saint Sparky Society is proud to carry on Saint Sparky's work today all over the world.

Click any of the links below to view the fireworks that have been handed out by The Saint Sparky Society in America in celebration of American Independence Day (July 4th) and occasionally for the New Year's Holiday (January 1st).

July 4, 1999 July 4, 2002 July 4, 2003 July 4, 2004
July 4, 2005 July 4, 2006 January 1, 2007 July 4, 2008
July 4, 2010 December 31, 2010 December 31, 2011 July 4, 2012
December 31, 2012 July 4, 2013 July4, 2014 July 4, 2015
July 4, 2016

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