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July 4th Fireworks

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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.

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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.

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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

Pet Management and Safety

Dog, on a decorated cart, with American flag colors coat and hat.

Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe during the holiday celebrations:

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