Every Fourth of July, we celebrate America and the freedom so many have fought for. It's a joyous day for many, but there's one part of it — one very natural part of it, for some of us — that's actually upsetting to others: the fireworks. Fortunately, you have plenty of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July without fireworks and still enjoy the magic this day brings.
Understandably, the idea that fireworks might cause some people anxiety doesn't even occur to most of us. Fireworks have been a part of the Fourth of July our entire lives. But for people who have anxiety or people who have PTSD that might be triggered by the distinctively loud noise of fireworks, they may not be a cause for celebration; in fact, many organizations have made note to be respectful to veterans at this time of year who may be affected by the displays, leaving signs outside of veterans' houses to encourage people to light their fireworks elsewhere.
We can all do our part both to be respectful of veterans and keep safe. If you want to celebrate the Fourth sans fireworks, here are some suggestions so that everyone in your neighborhood has a fun holiday.