A home fireworks show seems to be what everyone wants to do these days for the 4th of July. Sadly, it is not just the 4th of July, but weeks leading up to the holiday, and weeks after. Before you start setting off the boomers in your yard, consider what we have to say about it.
1. Fireworks Are A Huge Business
Did you know Americans light off 268 million pounds of fireworks each year? That is a lot of fireworks creating a lot of smoke, and trash, not to mention how much money is “blown up,” roughly one billion dollars for the 4th of July! Most of the fireworks come from China. These days with laws changing, only about ten percent of fireworks are done professionally, the rest are done at home.
2. A Home Fireworks Show Can Be Dangerous
Last year about 13,000 people ended up in the ER with fireworks related injuries, and about seven people die from their injuries each year. What about the pets? Walking on the 5th of July is never much fun because most people have left all the fireworks debris right on the street where they set it off. We don’t know what this trash is, and curious dogs might ingest some debris, or step on something that hadn’t properly exploded the night before. If you must set off fireworks, please clean up afterwards.
3. A Home Fireworks Show Is A Nightmare For Many Pets
Dogs and cats are often terrified by all the fireworks going off. It isn’t just a few minutes, it typically goes on for hours. Bailie suddenly developed a fear of all the booming. She drools, and quivers like crazy for hours. Aside from being knocked out cold, she is not able to really relax. Bailie does always cuddle up to Mom during her scared time, but she still shakes like crazy.
Many pets will run away from home because they are so scared, so make sure your pet has proper ID, keep her leashed if you must go out, but try to stay indoors. The 5th of July is the biggest day of the year for lost pets. Very sad.
4. Fireworks Are Scary For A Lot Of People
Many people these days suffer from PTSD, and fireworks are a nightmare for them. Before setting off your home fireworks show, make sure no one in your area has issues with the sound of things exploding. Even my Mom is almost scared as some fireworks these days are so loud, they shake the entire house!
5. Not Everyone Has Time Off For The 4th Of July
Not everyone has the 4th or 5th of July off, or the weekends before and after the holiday. For those that have to get up early in the morning to work, they can’t sleep if you are having your home fireworks show all night long, and then all weekend too.
The 4th of July should be a fun holiday, and you can help it be more fun by respecting others and using common sense if you must shoot off fireworks from home. We always hoped for a driving rain storm on the 4th, but no more as we realized it only means the fireworks will be used at a later date. The long weekend is wonderful, but we, human included, really dread all the fireworks.