Independence Day, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a fun national holiday celebrating the adoption of our Declaration of Independence.
1. How to celebrate
The day is filled with fireworks, lights of all kinds, parades, fairs, barbecues, picnics, concerts, and other get-togethers and ceremonies.
Fireworks are low explosive pyrotechnic devices commonly used for entertainment purposes as part of a fireworks display. A fireworks show is a display of the effects produced by the fireworks. China is the world’s largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks and is the place where they were invented in the 12th century to scare away the evil spirits.
There are numerous ideas on how to use lights and fireworks, but remember that the main goal is to make them enjoyable and safe as well as eye-catching.
2. Red, White, and Blue Bulb and White Cord Electric String Lights
The bulbs are connected to a cord for an ideal patriotic outdoor or indoor display for your festive celebration. Illuminate trees, bushes, pillars, porch, patio, yard, garden, gazebo, windows, tables, mantles, ceilings and whatever surroundings you want to make magical. They feature steady burning or flashing by replacing one of the regular bulbs with an included red-tipped flasher bulb.
3. Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns
The jars can be of various sizes and can be decorated and/or painted many ways including putting on peel-off stars and other stickers that can either be left on or peeled off after painting over them, the latter leaving the outlines. The jars are lit up with a battery-operated set of mini lights or battery-operated flameless tea lights.
4. Light Up July 4th — Safely
Fireworks can be exciting and extremely decorative, but it is best to follow the many tips that have been shared by the National Council on Fireworks Safety and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to keep lighting safe, some of which follow:
Check your local laws to see what restrictions are placed on the fireworks.
Buy from reliable sellers.
Be sure to follow all the directions on the labels to make sure they are being properly used.
Make sure an experienced adult is present and never leave children of any age unsupervised with the fireworks.
The shooter must be sure to wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
Make sure water is handy at all times, and when finished with sparklers and other fireworks, soak them and make sure they are out before disposing of them properly.