The 4th of July was one of my favorite holidays as a child and my favorite part were the fireworks. They were exciting, beautiful, and romantic. But then I had kids. Now, all I can think about is ways to keep noise and light show outside my house from waking up my children. Call me a stick in the mud, but loud noises and small children usually don't mix. And so I can totally understand the need to find some alternative 4th of July activities for parents whose children hate fireworks (or even hate them themselves). Because, while I still love watching them, sometimes my 2-year-old isn't crazy so about them.
No matter the age, some children are genuinely scared of fireworks. And I don't blame them. Ear-shattering noises, bright lights, and huge crowds of people doesn't necessarily sound like the recipe for a great time to me either. Luckily for both you and your kids, there are tons of activities that you can do throughout the day, or save for the evening when the actual fireworks happen, that will distract and entertain your kid as much as the fireworks would. Minus all of the terror. Because ultimately, the 4th of July should be fun for everyone — even those of us who aren't crazy about fireworks.