1985's C64 "Computer Fireworks Celebration Kit" from Activision
Who needs real fireworks when you have a Commodore 64?
Back in 1985, Activision released “The Complete Computer Fireworks Celebration Kit” for the Commodore 64.
The software allows you to set the scene (from a number of options like a battleship in a harbor or a cityscape), add a personal message, and choose some music. Then you can launch fireworks to be displayed on your monitor / TV… it even allows you to launch the fireworks with your joystick. Which is a nice touch.
Fun tidbits: The C64 “sid” music was arranged by Stephen Gaboury, who would later tour with Cindy Lauper. And the software was programmed by John van Ryzin, who created a number of games for Activision (including H.E.R.O. and X-15 Alpha Mission).
And now, without further ado, a video showcasing all of the demos within the Computer Fireworks Celebration Kit.