Our ceremonial day of Independence from the British Empire in 1776 is a great reason to celebrate for all Americans alike. On this federal holiday, Americans typically celebrate by having a customary barbecue with family and friends or head to a nearby lake for some good times on the water (with or without some good ole’ American beer in hand). Of course, there are plenty of explosive fireworks involved as well because it just wouldn’t be American if we didn’t! Fireworks on the 4th of July are as American as apple pie and sweet tea on, well,….. every other day of the year. We enjoy a good celebration here, and you should too!
BUT there are always some important things to consider when you are out having a blast on that special night.
If you know your neighbor or family member nearby has PTSD or has endured trauma on the battle field, please be mindful of how it may affect them. Many soldiers that have returned from war are easily startled by loud bangs and booms. You would be too if it were you. They want the same fun that you do, and they also want to be able to enjoy the show. After all, the fireworks shows are for them and the sacrifices they have made to bring us freedom and independence!
Here are some tips on how to help out:
We show veterans respect, after all, they are the reason we get to celebrate this holiday. Please be courteous and allow them to enjoy the holiday with us!
Did you know more pets run away or get lost on 4th of July than any other day?
That’s right, our cranky cats just don’t give a crap about our National Independence and our pet pups rather not celebrate with powder filled explosives and bright bangs. I know, we don’t get it either!!
If your dogs are anything like mine, they will likely be hiding under your bed or remain somewhat attached to your leg like an extra appendage during the festivities. Even so, there are a few things we can do to keep our pets as comfortable and safe as possible during the Prickly Pear Fireworks show:
If you happen to find a misguided pet after the big show, please do your best to find the owner. The classified pages on Facebook or in the newspaper are the best bet to return lost pets to their owners. If you have tried everything you can to locate the owner and are unsuccessful, please contact the Lewis and Clark Humane Society as people usually check there for their lost pets.
Thanks for helping out ALL of the members of our community!