Because of the ongoing hot, dry weather, some area communities are considering cancelling fireworks, or starting a program of near constant watering so that they may safely hold them.
The biggest fire danger, though, is likely to come from consumers using fireworks, or even sparklers – which burn at 2000 degrees. Hot!
To play safe and still have fun, try a drought-safe alternative:
- Pass out noise makers
- Patriotic piñatas – fill with red, white and blue candy
- Faux Fireworks – If you have the technology, project videos of fireworks onto the side of your house. Or learn about how they work.
- Have movie night – Show Yankee Doodle Dandy, your favorite patriotic film, or try my favorite, 1776 – because who doesn’t love seeing our founding fathers belt out a tune or doing a dance while drafting the Declaration of Independence?
- Create a new tradition: Take the family fishing, swimming or boating; visit a park or forest preserve; have a pie eating contest; make patriotic crafts; watch a parade or musical performance; or play party games.