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Updated on March 1, 2017
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July 4th our Independence Day

Independence Day, July 4th, is a federal holiday celebrating the Declaration of Independence from 1776, declaring our independence from Great Britain. Annual celebrations on the fourth of July with barbeques and firework displays.

4th of July Activities

July fourth is typically a fun day for everyone with back yard barbecues, picnics, fairs, concerts, baseball games, parades, beach games or in their backyard pool. People use July 4th decorations and fix plenty of food. There typically is great food involving the barbecue and of course, fireworks typically end the day. Almost all cities put on great displays, and many people shoot off fireworks at their own homes.

Many people also set off fireworks on New Years Eve, so all of the safety suggestions apply again in this case. Have fun, but it is important to keep your eye of your children and they can very quickly make a move you might not expect.


Fireworks Safety

Many people like to buy fireworks to shoot off at home. Despite federal regulations and state laws fireworks are still available to the public. Fire work distributors tend to sell near state lines when laws are different for each state. Any firecracker with more than 50 milligrams of explosive powder and any aerial firework with more than 130 milligrams of flash powder are banned under federal law.

State laws vary greatly from state to state. Typically the banned items are M-80’s, quarter sticks and other large fireworks

Firework Display Causing Injuries

The CDC reports the latest statistics for fireworks injuries. In 2008, 7 people died, plus an estimated 7000 people were treated in emergency departments in the United States for injuries from fireworks and more than half were children. Four out of every 10 injuries were children under the age of 15 years. The safest way to protect yourself and your family is go to see the amazing display of fireworks that are done by professionals

Second Degree Brun of Hand

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Children Injuries

Bottle rockets are dangerous because they can fly into the face of a child. Sparklers are considered to be safe by most people but they can explode at close range and cause burn injuries on a child’s hands or face. Younger children aren’t as coordinated as older ones, so they have a higher probability of injury. Just the curiosity of a child can cause them to get to get too close to a firework, especially if one didn’t go off.

Some people make homemade fireworks and they are more dangerous. There are instructions all over the internet with instructions on making fireworks, but it can lead to unpredictable explosions

Burn Injuries

There are 3 types of burn injuries:

  • First degree burns are not very serious but the skin will be reddened and painful. If possible let cool water run over that area for 10-15 minutes, until the burn is completely cool and it stops hurting. If the burn is not on an area where that is possible, then use cool cloths changing them as needed.Cream for burns can be soothing.
  • Second degree burns are going to blister and the skin will have a reddened, splotchy appearance. The pain can be severe and cause swelling. Again, you want to cool the burn the same way. After the burn is cool, cover loosely with a sterile gauze bandage. Don’t use fluffy cotton as lint can get in the burn. Bandages keep air off the burn so there is less pain. Do not use ointments, or as they did when I was a child, butter, Crisco or any type of grease. Take an over the counter pain reliever.
  • Third degree burns are full thickness burns and serious. This is due to all the layers of skin being burned plus sometimes fat, muscle or even bone can be damaged. This will cause permanent tissue damage and is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately. Don’t remove burned clothing but have the victim away from the fire area. Check for breathing and circulation if a large area of the body is burned. Cover the burn with cool, moist, sterile bandages if you can or clean moist towels.

The other problem with doing fireworks at home is they can cause fires, especially if you are in a dry season. In 2008, a reported 22,500 fires resulted from fireworks and they caused $42 million in direct damage.

Happy 4th Fireworks

NYC Macy's Golden Mile Fireworks

All the larger cities and most of the smaller ones offer a lot of fun activities which include spectacular fireworks displays.

In NYC, Macy’s will light up the sky tomorrow over the Hudson River. They will feature more than 40,000 shells which explode at a rate of more than 1,500 per minute reaching heights of 1,000 feet in the air.

Macy’s trademark is “Golden Mile fireworks effect featuring golden sparks a mile across the river and an additional mile long shower sparkling of red and green.

2010 July 4th Fireworks Teaser

Seattle –Fireworks Seen over the Space Needle

They have activities throughout the day. There are many parks with activities although alcohol is forbidden; some of the larger parks have a beer garden. At Lake Union they have a special viewing area for people with disabilities. More than 500 people from 75 countries will be sworn in by a U. S. District Court Judge as new citizens of the United States from noon until 1 P.M. Now how great is that?

At the Swedish Cultural Center they offer a deluxe meal and entertainment, and at Bellevue Family Fourth they have a fun zone entertainment center with rides. There is also a parade for children and pets are welcome. There is literally something happening at every park in Seattle and the spectacular firework display culminates the evening.

Seattle Fireworks

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source smashmagazine

Atlanta – Southern Celebration

Most importantly to many the Braves play at Turner Field. There are many events around the city for the entire family with a Kid’s Zone, live music from Party and the Moon and City Heat at Lennox Square. People wear their red, white and blue and head to Centennial Olympic Park to see a great fireworks display.

2010 Centennial Olympic Park Fireworks


July 4th is a wonderful holiday and you want it to be a safe holiday. It is fun to see all the activity in cities across the USA. The fireworks are the most exciting event for the children and even the adults. They are stunning and people fight the large crowds to return year after year. This is our independence celebration which is close to our hearts. Stay in the spirit of our hard fought for independence and have a happy July 4th.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    RTolloni, We are almost to July 4th, so it is a fitting time. I think I will pin it to my bord also. Thanks for the comments.

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    6 years ago from the short journey

    Pinning to my Patriotic Holiday board and sharing. Thanks much for posting important information to think about before a patriotic holiday!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Love to read, It's nice to think back on old happy memories. Thanks so much for your comment.

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    Loves To Read 

    8 years ago

    Pam this was so beautiful and brought back a lot of beautiful childhood memories.

    Our fathers people all lived in one place and every year the whole of the families would spend a good length of time building a huge Bonfire. We would all meet at the fire armed with our bags of fireworks and have a wonderful night of fun and laughter. The adults would light the skyrockets, spinning wheels, fountains etc while us kids had little tom thumbs, halfpenny and penny bangers and sparklers. It was a wonderful time of family getting together. Sadly it was all banned in the late sixty's because of peoples stupid behaviour.

    This is a wonderful event, none of our children ever got to participate in. We do have a few venues where the fireworks are displayed on new years eve.

    I loved the videos and hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day.

    Blessings and Hugs

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Nancy, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    9 years ago from Georgia

    Thank you for this very informational hub. I love watching the fireworks on the fourth of July. I'm glad you included safety information in your hub. It's very important when you are shooting your own fireworks. This year I read in my local newspaper that a barn caught on fire due to a firework accidentally being shot into it and landing on fresh hay. Thank goodness no animals were hurt or any one else.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    zzron, thanks for your comment.

  • zzron profile image


    9 years ago from Houston, TX.

    Great hub, hope you had a happy fourth.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Support Med, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for your comments.

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    Support Med. 

    9 years ago from Michigan

    The fireworks are really beautiful! Lots and lots right here in my neighborhood every 4th! Disney is awesome! Great reminder for safety. Voted-up/rated.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drpastorcarlotta, I think we all worry about our grandchildren. I appreciate your comments. God Bless.

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    Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

    9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    Happy belated 4th of July!! My Love! The 4th is a very traditional Holiday, dangerous and costly I think though. I often worry for my grandkids but God always watches over them. I prayer as this holiday manifest that everyone is safe. Love the pics.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Springboard, It sounds like your brother has a good sense of humor. i appreciate your comments.

  • Springboard profile image


    9 years ago from Wisconsin

    A very necessary hub at just the right time. And even AFTER the 4th the fireworks are still blazing away. My brother in law quipped on his Facebook status, "If the sale of fireworks were any gage of the state of the economy, there is NO recession in Belleville."

    Here either. :)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Carolin, Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for the comments.

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    carolina muscle 

    9 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    My son lives in Seattle, and he said it was electric!!

    Great post, Pamela!!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Betty, Thanks so much for your comments.

  • Betty Reid profile image

    Betty Reid 

    9 years ago from Texas

    Whenever I hear fireworks in the neighborhood, I'm afraid they will accidentally set my house on fire. Nevertheless, I love to see the professional fireworks displays.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Bayoulady, That sounds like fun. Glad you had a good time. Thanks for your comments.

    Jasper, Thank you for your comment.

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    9 years ago

    great info thanks

  • bayoulady profile image


    9 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    Nice job!

    We opted out of fireworks this year and had a swimming party at my brother's home instead! So relaxing.

    Then, those that wanted to go to the town fireworks were full,squeaky clean, and relaxed!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Ictodd, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Linda Todd 

    9 years ago from Charleston

    Pam, this is most useful and I vote up. Sometimes people are negligent not meaning to be about such things as fire works. Thank you for writing this hub.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Billy, Thank you so much for your comments. I hope your fourth is great also.

    Denise, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for the comments.

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    Denise Handlon 

    9 years ago from North Carolina

    Hey Pamela, great hub. I loved how you worked in all the firework displays from various parts of the country. :)

  • billyaustindillon profile image


    9 years ago

    Great fireworks images Pamela. Thanks for the important reminder on fireworks safety. Hope you have a wonderful July 4 celebration.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Audry, Thank you so much for your comments.

    Prasetio, I like fireworks too. I'm watching the NYC fireworks on TV tonight. I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comments.

  • prasetio30 profile image


    9 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Actually, I like fireworks. It was like a habit during the New Year's Eve. There's something missing without fireworks. But I never find like that (in the picture) where the seller sold big fireworks. It also become a dilemma in my country when the people was injured by the fireworks. Thanks for share about this topic. Especially all the pictures and the video was amazing. I rate this hub.


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    Audrey Kirchner 

    9 years ago from Washington

    Thanks for pointing out that nasty thing about fireworks and all the dangers thereof! In medicine, I do too many reports and hate it. Love the 4th, hate the injuries but all of your points were right on! Happy 4th to you!!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Zsuzzy Bee, Thank you for your comments. I hope you and your family are enjoying the holiday.

    Cybersupe, Thanks so much for the comment and telling us about PA. It sounds fun. I hope you all have a happy 4th also.

    Thanks GPAGE. Have a great 4th.

    Nellieanna, Thank you for your comment and I will check out your page. Have a happy 4th.

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    Nellieanna Hay 

    9 years ago from TEXAS

    Thank you, Pamela - well-covered tribute to the 4th. If I may, I'd like to share a webpage I made one 4th about the Declaration of Independence, with an audio narrative of it:

  • GPAGE profile image


    9 years ago from California

    pamela...GREAT hub!!!...Have a great day! G

  • CYBERSUPE profile image


    9 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

    Hi Pamela,

    I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy and Safe Foruth of July. I live on the outskits of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where it mostly Happened, and where "Welcome America" is being celebrated. Welcome America celebration in Philadelphia consistes of Parades, Outdoor Concerts, Speeches, Awards from the Constitution Center and last but not least----GIGANTIC FIREWOKS--from a barge on the Delaware River. Again Pamela, HAPPY FOURTH JULY!

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    Zsuzsy Bee 

    9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Thanks for sharing Pamela. Hope you and your family have a super duper Independence day.

    great hub

    kindest regards Zsuzsy

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    ann, Thank you very much and same to you.

  • annmeadows profile image


    9 years ago from Mobile, Al.

    Great Hub. Happy 4th of July, all.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sheri, Thanks for your comments and I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.

  • SheriSapp profile image


    9 years ago from West Virginia

    I hope some folks take the time to read these important safety tips. At the Sapp house, we go and see the fireworks display in Charleston, they scare me too much to personally ignite them. Hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday!!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Tony, Thanks for stopping by and I wish you and yours a happy 4th as well.

    K0keystrokes, Thank your for your comments. Have a happy 4th.

  • K9keystrokes profile image

    India Arnold 

    9 years ago from Northern, California

    I am always about safety and this is a great and informative hub. Thank you Pam.

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful 4TH!

  • tony0724 profile image


    9 years ago from san diego calif

    Now Pam what fun is doing anything safely ? :) Pamela I wish you and yours a ton of fun for the fourth !

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Tom, Yes, I think you are right. All the teenage boys had fireworks when I was growing up too. Thanks for your comment.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Coffeesnob, Thank you for your comment.

    Elayne, Yes, there are too many injuries. Thanks you for your comment also.

  • Tom Whitworth profile image

    Tom Whitworth 

    9 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    Fireworks at home are for when we were teenagers. Now I'll leave it to professionals these things can burn.

    Good hub and happy 4th to you also.

  • elayne001 profile image


    9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Very timely and needed - too many injuries this time of year. Happy 4th to you Pamela99.

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    9 years ago

    Nive HUb, Pamela, Happy 4th of July to you as well.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hello, You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    9 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for your lovely hub and a HAPPY 4TH JULY.


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