PSA: Send your 4th of July iMessages with fireworks this year

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Nicolas Tissot Rainbow Fireworks Unsplash (Image credit: Nicolas Tissot / Unsplash)

What you need to know

  • This year, remember to use Fireworks to celebrate the fourth of July.
  • iMessage supports a range of effects that can be attached to messages, including Fireworks, Balloons, and more.

This year, try to remember to use iMessage's cool Send with Fireworks feature when wishing friends and family a happy Independence Day. You've probably thought about doing it after the fact, when it's too late. This year's the year you remember!

Apple's iMessage features a few different handy effects that can be added to messages including Balloons, Confetti, and yes, Fireworks. Send a message with Fireworks and the recipient will see a stunning display of colorful fireworks go off right on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Sending an iMessage with Fireworks is super easy and adds a little flair to what would otherwise be a static and boring message, no matter how fancy your wordsmithing may be.

Not sold on using Fireworks? There are tons more effects to choose from, just select the one that best suits you and your recipient and have at it.

Here are all of the current screen effects and what they do.

  • Echo: Have your text duplicate and flood the screen of your recipient.
  • Spotlight: Put a literal spotlight on your incoming iMessage.
  • Balloons: Sends multi-color balloons expanding and flying up from the bottom right of the screen.
  • Confetti: Drops multi-color confetti from the top of the screen.
  • Love: A giant heart will appear to expand and pop from your latest iMessage.
  • Lasers: Fills the screen with "unce, unce, unce" lasers and sound.
  • Fireworks: Sets off multi-color fireworks from the center of the screen.
  • Shooting stars: Launches a "the more you know" starburst shooting from the left of the screen, exploding as it reaches the right.
  • Celebration: Fireworks and festivities aplenty will appear on your iPhone.

Pretty cool, right? They might not seem like much, but these are the kinds of features that add some much-needed whimsy to our lives. Be sure to follow our iMessage effects guide to get started.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.