July 4th, the Fourth of July, Independence Day, America’s Birthday, or however you refer to this great holiday, is a celebration of how our country came to be. The Revolutionary War sparked the need for many to be free and independent from Great Britain, and after much effort colonists finally became independent on July 4th, 1776. This was thanks to war efforts and the Declaration of Independence. Thus, July 4th became a hugely celebrated holiday across the country.
Our current modern celebrations aren’t too different from those in the past, either. In fact, festivities back then included concerts, large bonfires, parades, the firing of cannons, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Today, it’s typically celebrated with big parades, family cookouts, and of course, fireworks.
Fireworks are a spectacular site to see, but of course, there are some precautions you should take this Fourth, so you don’t injure yourself or others.
If you’re shooting some fireworks off, make sure your pets and any small children are a safe distance away. Fireworks can cause severe burns to an unaware pet or young child. Not to mention, fireworks can cause many pets stress, so it’s best to leave them indoors or at home.
It’s also a good idea to have some water and emergency numbers close by in case something goes wrong. You should also make sure to shoot them off away from any residential areas or trees. This could cause a serious fire, property damage, or injury to others. If you can’t safely shoot off fireworks, visit a display in or near your town. In fact, many towns hold displays the weekend before or after the Fourth, just make sure to check your town’s or state’s website before you head out.
Independence Day also wouldn’t be complete without the grill. However, it’s important to take some safety procedures when having a barbecue. Don’t be responsible for a house or grease fire because you weren’t paying attention or weren’t prepared for an emergency.
Additionally, if you are also drinking during this day, you shouldn’t be driving. Don’t put your life, or the lives of others, at risk because you thought you could make it home. There are many ways you can safely make it home without driving. Use public transportation or make sure you designate a sober driver before you head out. However, if neither of these options are possible, taxi services or ridesharing apps such as, Lyft or Uber can get you home safely.
Plus, our police force has to work hard during this time of year to make sure people are safe and may not get the chance to spend the holiday with their families. Please be respectful and thankful for their dedication to serve our communities.
You can have fun, but be responsible and safe. So, decorate everything in red, white, and blue, spend some time with loved ones, and enjoy the day. Our insurance agency wishes you a wonderful and safe Independence Day this year! Happy Birthday, America.