The 4th of July will be a little bit different in 2020 – and it should be. With COVID-19 restrictions in place nearly everywhere over the holiday weekend, it's important that everyone stay vigilant and follow health & safety recommendations.

For some, this will mean staying away from the fireworks altogether. It's a bummer, but large gatherings, inside or outside, can pose a significant infection risk. But if you've decided to forego the in-person festivities this year, there are still plenty of ways for you to celebrate Independence Day on your phone or computer!

One way to spread the 4th of July spirit is to create your own photo or video content to share on social media. In this article I'm going to show you how to add digital fireworks to any photo or video, so you can give your own social media feeds and messages a little fireworks show from the comfort of your home.

  1. Upload your photo or video to the Kapwing Studio
  2. Add, position, and edit your fireworks
  3. Publish, download, & share

Step 1: Upload your photo or video to the Kapwing Studio

Start by heading to Kapwing.com and clicking "Start Editing" to go to the Kapwing Studio. Once you’re in the Studio, either select “Click to Upload” and search in your file browser, or paste the link to the file you want to upload. If your files are easily accessible, you can also drag & drop them into the Studio window, and they will upload automatically.

Step 2: Add, position, and edit your fireworks

With your background photo or video in place, it's time to add your digital firework layers. The easiest way to do this is to click "Images" and search for a term like "fireworks GIF transparent."

Select the GIF or picture you want and it will be added to your canvas. Here, you can reposition, resize, and rotate the firework layers so they look the way you want. You can also make additional edits to your fireworks: I, for example, clicked "Adjust" and increased the brightness & contrast of each fireworks layer to make it stand out from the sky in the background.

You might want to add a 4th of July message to your project, as well. Just click "Text" and create a text box for the occasion, complete with custom font, color, outline, layout, and even animation style.

Step 3: Publish, download, & share

Once your photo or video looks just the way you want, click the red "Publish" button and give Kapwing a little time to process your project. Photos should be processed in about a second, but GIFs and videos can take a bit longer to process.

When your photo, video, or GIF is done processing, click the "Download" button to save it directly to your device. Now, it's ready to share anywhere. Make sure you know where it's saved on your device so you can find it easily when you share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat.

Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to support all our creators! And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.


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