Carrie Underwood Says Her Early 4th of July Firework Skills Helped Shape Her Future Shows

by Jacklyn Krol
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She may not be Katy Perry, but did you know that Carrie Underwood loves fireworks? That enjoyment extended into her live concerts. But Underwoods’ joy for the colorful explosive started all the way back when she was just a child.

Now that Fourth of July weekend has arrived, Underwood revealed the unlikely connection that her music and fireworks have with one another.

The “Southbound” hitmaker shared that her favorite Fourth of July memory was when she was a child. Like many, Underwood celebrated Independence day with some old-fashioned fireworks. When she was 7 or 8 years old, she would go to a local fireworks stand and chose which fireworks she wanted for their family show.

“I came home and made a list of what order I wanted to do them in, because I wanted to put a show on for mom and dad, and of course I couldn’t wait until it was dark outside,” said Carrie Underwood, via UMG Nashville. “So, I made my mom and dad get the lawn chairs and come out to the backyard and watch some not very dramatic fireworks at like six o’clock in the evening, but I was so proud of myself. And I was so proud of the show that I put on.”

The admiration for pyrotechnics clearly paid off, as Carrie Underwood uses them in her live concerts.

“So, I feel like that was a little training for what I do now—putting on shows, figuring out how it’s all going to work out,” she concluded.

Carrie Underwood on Her Childhood

Aside from fireworks, Carrie Underwood had a fairly typical childhood until American Idol changed it all. Her family came from humble means in Oklahoma. Her town and family shaped the person that she has become today. Underwood’s parents were hard-working people who saw something special in their daughter. They often drove her out to talent shows and other showcases when she was just a child.

“We had one stoplight, one school,” she told The Guardian. “Choir, band, football, basketball and baseball.” While her mom Carole was a teacher, her dad Stephen worked at a paper mill. They would frequently drive their daughter to compete in talent shows to showcase her gift. “The savings bond I would win wouldn’t cover whatever we spent on gas to get there,” she recalled.

Due to her siblings being so much older, Underwood once admitted she felt almost like an only child growing up.

“We were never a huggy family. Or a ‘let’s talk it out’ family,” she told Marie Claire. “Technically, I have siblings, but they are quite a bit older than me—I was the accident—so I have the only-child syndrome going on. I’m a little more selfish, a little more independent, a little closed.”

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