Independence Day, also called Fourth of July or July 4th, in the United States, is the annual celebration of nationhood. This day acknowledges the passage of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.  The Declaration of Independence announced the political separation of the 13 North American colonies from Great Britain. The 4th of July has been celebrated by fireworks, parades, oratory, and toasting in ceremonies. Today, common ways of commemorating the 4th of July are fireworks, cook-outs, hot dog eating contests, parades, salute to the union, festivals and events, sporting events, and more!

Since we know how fun it is to attend these different activities, we put together a list with fireworks and activities for families to attend. Sometimes it is difficult to find the firework show, parade, festival, or activities that you’re looking for because they are spread all over throughout different websites. Well, now they are all on the same page.

As a reminder, please stay safe while handling and enjoying fireworks. Remember to never point or throw fireworks at another person. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose present and handy in case of a firework mishap. Light fireworks at one time and quickly move backwards. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

Fireworks can trigger PTSD. Please be considerate of those that suffer from this. Fireworks can simulate a similar sound to gunfire, a thunderstorm, or a car crash. These can all cause a panic attack or trigger flashbacks. For those that are setting off fireworks at home, try and make the firework as predictable as possible. Do it in designated areas during designated times. If you are aware of a veteran or trauma survivor living in the neighborhood or near you, move the noise as far as possible from their home and give them a warning prior. Consider putting a sign in your yard a few days in advance that you will be setting off fireworks.

Let’s have a fun 4th of July!