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Fireflies and Fireworks

Episode: 220b
Air Date: July 4, 2016
Previous Episode: 220a - Daniel and Margaret Visit the Farm
Next Episode: 301a - No Red Sweater For Daniel
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Daniel Tiger and his family have prepared a picnic to enjoy while they watch fireworks from the back yard. While their parents set up the picnic, Daniel and Margaret explore the yard and watch as the sun sets.

As darkness falls, fireflies begin to shine and Margaret is scared. Mom Tiger explains that fireflies are new to Margaret and that new things can sometimes be scary. Daniel and Margaret are reminded that "when something is new, holding a hand can help you." Holding his sister's hand, Daniel takes Margaret for another look at the fireflies.

Daniel make-believes that he is a glowing firefly dancing with his firefly friends.

As the Tiger family enjoys their picnic, the fireworks begin. The loud noise startles Daniel who become more comfortable when he holds hands with his sister.

Dad Tiger encourages everyone to hold hands and joine him for a closer look at the beautiful fireworks. Together with his family, Daniel feels more comfortable.


  • "When something is new, holding a hand can help you."


Appearing In This Episode

Live Action Segment

The live action segment following this episode includes a girl rollerblading for the first time.



The storyline from this episode is featured in the books Daniel Tiger's 5 Minutes Stories and Daniel's First Fireworks.

This episode is included on the DVDs Tiger Family Trip and Double Feature.



Episode Credits

Story by Angela C. Santomero & Becky Friedman
Written by Jennifer Hamburg
Created by Angela C. Santomero
Based on the work of Fred Rogers

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