When you ask people what they’re doing for the 4th of July, there’s a good chance their answer is going to include fireworks. Yes, these loud, colorful explosions are a tried and true tradition for many people celebrating Independence Day. There are other popular traditions as well, like grilling hotdogs and burgers or attending parades, but fireworks takes the proverbial cake. Not everyone needs fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July, though, and that definitely includes families. So if you're worried that fireworks are bad for babies, or simply tired of the noise, here are some tired and true 4th of July traditions that don't involve fireworks. Mom tested, and mom approved.
According to Parents, your baby will likely tell you if they're into the whole fireworks thing or not. Either way, it's important to keep some distance between your baby and any fireworks. "Sitting a little farther back will increase the chances that [they] will like it and it will decrease the noise to protect [their] ears," according to Parents. All of our ears are vulnerable to loud noises, the same site notes, so your baby is no more at risk than you are.
But if you want to avoid the issue entirely (and I don't blame you) know that you can still celebrate Independence Day sans fireworks. I’ve tried a number of different rituals, including movie marathons, barbecues (though I tend to enjoy veggie burgers more than anything else), and attending our local 4th of July parade. And there are a few other traditions I would like to start, too. For example, Injecting some activism into the day and teaching my son about being a good citizen by volunteering, caring for others, and giving back to his community. Now that he's 4, my hope is that I can start with reading A is for Activist with my son, then talking about why it’s important that we, as Americans and as humans in general, help others.
So with that in mind, here's how other moms decided to celebrate 4th of July without fireworks: