Fireworks, Family, and Fun – But what is the meaning behind the 4th of July?

Independence Day

It’s finally summer and it is a great time for grilling, family time, and fireworks. It is important to note that the lighting and celebration display of fireworks did come with a price. Many men and women scarified quite a bit for their kids and future generations. For this, we are extremely grateful to them. It is important to teach our kids about what the 4th of July holiday is all about. Independence Day (July 4, 1776) is the day the 13 American colonies declared their independence from Britain. Thus, the United States of America as an independent nation was born.

Fireworks displays can be a teaching tool for kids. Share with them the lyrics of the star spangled banner and what they mean. Parties with fireworks are fun and beautiful but it is important to remain safe if your family tradition includes the lighting of your own fireworks.

11 Fireworks Safety Tips to Teach Your Kids 

There are 11 important tips that you should use and teach your kids how to properly be around fireworks displays.

  1. Fireworks in brown paper packages are made for professional displays – avoid buying.
  2. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities – especially with sparklers.
  3. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  4. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  5. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire, to douse used fireworks before discarding them in he trash.
  6. Never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks.
  7. Do not carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  8. Never try to re-light or pickup fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  9. Do not place a part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting.
  10. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  11. Never set off fireworks near a vehicle or your home to avoid a possibly fire.

We Stand Together Independent and Free

July 4th is America’s birthday, and so we celebrate the nation’s birthday every year on this day with a very large fun and festive party. Families and friends come together and America lights up at night. We remember that we became Independent, United, and Free on this day in history. Three liberties that have made America the country it is today. It is important to always reflect on history and remember it was thanks to our ancestors that we are able to have the freedom to lead our lives independently. But we need to also remember the importance of being a United nation. We need to stand together through our differences so that generations to come can live in a country that we have been so grateful to grow up in.

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