Alternatives to Fireworks on the Fourth


Have a wonderful 4th of July this year, but consider skipping the fireworks.

I know, this has always been a favorite part of the celebration for me as well. But then I learned about all the negative environmental and health impacts that fireworks have. Heavy metals, chemicals in the air and water, and not even mentioning how scared it makes pets and wildlife with all the explosions.

So as much as we have enjoyed fireworks in the past, we have decided to adopt a different ritual this year.. outdoor movies! Our neighbor sets up a big, blow-up outdoor screen and using an LCD projector, we watch movies in our backyard. It is totally fun without the impact.

Some other ideas?
Attend or create a laser show.
Go stargazing and count shooting stars.
Build a campfire.
Have a barbecue on the beach.
Watch fireworks previously recorded on You Tube!

Enjoy the holiday but maybe take a break from the boom! Boom! Pow! of the fireworks this year.

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About Kate

I am the CFO (Chief Farming Officer) at Camp 4. As such, I am the primary resource to learn about what we do at Camp 4 to live more sustainably. Contact me directly to understand our sustainable living choices and what you can do to help the planet.
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