The 4th of July is a day that Americans gather to celebrate the birth of their great country. Somewhere along the line, someone thought that it was a good idea to celebrate the birth of the country by blowing a small piece of it up with fireworks, so since that day, the exploding bursts of light have become part of traditional 4th of July celebrations. So in honor of the marvelous fireworks that will be seen in the skies across the country today, I give you a list of some heroes and villains that can make their own fireworks. I’m sure that whatever 4th of July party these guys are at will be a good one.

5. Firefly

After Gotham City’s severe poverty catches up to him, former motion picture pyrotechnic expert Garfield Lynns turned to a life of crime. Armed with a battle suit filled with flamethrowers, rocket launchers, grenades, and more, Firefly can certainly put on a show of fire in the sky, although it’s not likely one you’d enjoy. Make sure Batman is nearby if Firefly is the one behind your 4th of July fireworks show.

4. The Punisher

Frank Castle is a dangerous man if you’re on his bad side. He’s expertly trained in multiple disciplines of combat due to his time spent in the US military and he’s very familiar with an extensive arsenal of weapons, including explosives. It’s likely that if The Punisher is hunting down a bad guy on the birthday of our country, there’s bound to be quite the fireworks display emanating from whatever place that villain is hiding in.

3. Jubilee

This X-man once had the power to generate bright bursts of energy from her fingertips that resembled fireworks, but because of the events of M-Day, she was one of the many mutants to be left powerless because of The Scarlett Witch. Despite her loss of this power, she was most well known for it and during the time in the 90s when she was most popular, she had the power, so it still counts.

2. Tabitha Smith/Plastique (Tie)

Both of these explosive young ladies possess powers similar to the ones that Jubilee formerly possessed. Tabitha “Boom-Boom” Smith’s powers are described as “the mutant ability to blow things up and steal all your stuff”. She uses exploding balls of energy that she calls bombs to play pranks on her fellow X-Men or, if she makes them big enough, to send her foes flying. Plastique is the ex-wife of Captain Atom and a member of the Suicide Squad who can project explosive forces from her fingertips. Though one is a hero and one is a villain, if they wanted to, they could conjure up a little fireworks display to the delight of their respective teammates.

1. Gambit

The Ragin’ Cajun has the ability to take the potential energy stored in any object and convert it into kinetic energy, resulting in an explosive offense. The former thief and current X-Man has shown time and time again that his fighting style and his abilities can blow his opponent away, but when there’s a pretty lady around, I’m sure that Remy LeBeau will have no problem making her see fireworks, whether it be with his mutation or with his kiss.

And with that, my list comes to an end. I wish you all a Happy 4th of July and if you plan on celebrating with some fireworks, please do so carefully.