July 4th Fireworks
When someone mentions the 4th of July most Americans automatically think of the beach, barbecues, and elaborate fireworks displays. Fireworks are one of the most popular U.S traditions. Every summer, families flock to their local city’s Independence Day celebrations and watch the beautiful explosions of light.
It wasn’t until after the Revolutionary War that firecrackers were used as a celebration. In 1777, six years before the United States won their freedom and one year after they had signed the Declaration of Independence, Americans used fireworks to signify patriotism and hope. In 1789 a fireworks display was used during George Washington’s inauguration. Since then, they have become an American symbol for freedom.
Over time, firework displays have turned into one of the most popular U.S traditions. Families plan their July 4th celebrations around their town’s fireworks displays. The glimmering explosions are planned months in advance. Many town and city meetings are held to plan the date, location and time of the displays. Next, city officials get a permit and start planning who will be in control of the event. After all the planning takes place, the extravagant displays are held, typically on July 2nd, July 3rd, or July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.
Cities with Fourth of July Fireworks Celebrations
Today, on the 4th of July, most major cities or towns in the United States have a fireworks display. Independence Day fireworks have become one of the most anticipated events of the summer.
Attending Fireworks Tips
Needless to say, this fun family event has turned into a mixture of a full contact sport and a strategic puzzle. People stake their claim on a good viewing spot hours before dusk and families will map out the best driving routes to avoid traffic. If you do not come up with a game plan this 4th of July, you will be watching the fireworks from the comfort of your car or pushing through crowds of rude people. Luckily we have come up with a strategic foolproof plan that will ensure that your fireworks experience is not as violent and hectic as the battle of Lexington and Concord
- The week before the 4th of July, search the web and find out where the closest fireworks locations are. The earlier you start planning, the more traffic routes you can map out. You can find fireworks times and locations for many cities on our website.
- Look in the newspaper for all of your state's fireworks dates and locations. Some towns will hold their celebrations on July 3rd or even the weekend following Independence Day. These events are usually less crowded.
- Do a casual drive by the day before and scope out where the fireworks are being held. This way you can plan parking and timing in advance.
- Plan your day around the festive event. We're not saying sit at home and don't enjoy the 4th, but if you want to go out to dinner or have a barbecue do it in the afternoon. Most places get packed up to four hours before the ceremony starts.
- Research restaurants, bars and coffee shops near the fireworks location. If you plan ahead you can watch the colorful explosions while sipping a Sam Adams summer ale at your favorite outdoor pub.
- Go earlier in the day and lay out an old blanket to stake your claim. This is a classic move most Americans have mastered. We urge you to still show up early because people will get mad and take over your blanket, and yes we're serious.
- Park about a mile away from the event and walk. This allows you to enjoy the summer air, burn calories, and not be stuck in traffic on the way back.
- Bring lots of bug spray. People are not the only thing that can ruin your 4th of July, the bugs will be out celebrating as well. Come prepared, wear pants and bring a sweatshirt to prevent getting bitten.
- Depending on where you live, bring a sweater or jacket... it may get cold as the night progresses.
- Having a meeting spot with your family or friends in case you get separated.
- Do not leave the second the fireworks stop, even if you think you have seen the big finale. The new rage is having two finales and you do not want to miss the final explosions.
- Plan some 4th of July activities afterward so you can soak up all Independence Day has to offer, and you won't be stressed about beating traffic.
Pet Management and Safety
Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe during the holiday celebrations:
- July 4th is often HOT. Be sure your pets have shade and plenty of water.
- While you're out getting ready for - or traveling to - your holiday celebration, never leave your pets unattended in a hot car. Temperatures can reach life-threatening levels in just a few minutes.
- Parties are fun, but keep alcohol and party food out of your pets' reach. Ask your guests not to give "treats" to your pets (or provide pet-healthy treats).
- Fireworks and even loud party sounds can be very distressing for pets. Provide a safe, quiet place for your pet to "escape." This is especially important if your pets are left alone while you are out watching the fireworks!
- If your pet has extreme anxiety problems, ask your vet (in advance) if medication may ease the stress.
- Make sure your pet's tags are current, and consider microchipping. More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year.