The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more. – John Adams
I just want to remind everyone to please be safe when enjoying fireworks at home. Not to damper the fun but there are statistically over 9000 emergency room visits on this day every year, so make sure to follow these guidelines*.
* Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
* Keep a supply of water close-by as a precaution.
* Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
* Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
* Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
* Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
* Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
* Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.
And PLEASE clean up afterward! We realize you may not be able to find all the bottle rockets, but at least pick up the trash you can find. Little kids love to go out and find the lost fireworks and one you may have missed could wind up in the hands of a little one.
I had a friend once stick a bottle rocket in his zipper at a party and if I hadn’t been there there could have been a terrible accident. So I feel obligated to make sure everyone remembers to be safe while having fun today! That also means driving safely and finding designated drivers if you are celebrating with a little more than fireworks.
*Statistics are from the U.S. Cosumer Product and Safety Commission. Safety Guidelines provided by Red Cross.com