It doesn't get any more traditional than the big "pow" of the little explosive. Firecrackers have fuses, and are wrapped in a heavy paper to contain the powdery stuff that makes the bang.
Also called bangers and noise makers, firecrackers are the one of the country's favorites -- and one of the least expensive -- Fourth of July holiday staples. Prices range from 25 cents for a string of a dozen to just $2 for a string of 200.
For some cheap entertainment, surprise mom around every corner with a pop and a snap of the sound of firecrackers.