Saturday, September 23, 2023


Did you attend a public fireworks celebration on July 4th?

Did you celebrate the birthday of the USA by attending a public fireworks celebration? Or did you sit at home and do pretty much what you do every day? Or maybe you joined a few of your friends at the RV park, waved a few sparklers and yelled “Whoopee!”

Curious minds would like to know.


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.


  1. Stayed close to home with the hose, the fire extinguisher, and the phone, trying to keep critters calm while people nearby were firing off illegal fireworks. Already have a couple good sized fires going on public land nearby.

  2. Nope, my dear husband was Dispatcher for the Cumbres &Toltec Dinner and Fireworks train and our critters and me stayed in the fifth wheel relaxing and hiding from mosquitoes…but we could hear the booms from the spectacular happening in Chama.

  3. we saw a few celebrations but did not attend as we were selling fireworks in a stand at a shopping center. So we asphalt camped for 13 days next to our stand. Wind rain and sun we had fun! And the ones we sell are safe and sane, so less stress on the friendly critters.

  4. At 88 yrs old I avoid crowds or where people congregate.
    So no colds, no measles, no noise, no parking problems.
    JH in Huntington Bch, CA.

  5. We loaded 12 of our friends into our RV and drove over to a parking lot close to where the fireworks were going to be. Then our friend cooked up bunches of hotdogs with all the trimmings! It’s nice having a bathroom, running water, and AC (we’re in FL) available. We did it last year also.

  6. We actually leave the country and go to Canada for 5 days over the 4th holiday. The explosions go on for days where we live and our poor little dog just can’t take it (me either) and she will shake for hours even after the last bomb has exploded. About 4 yrs ago we started traveling north and we enjoy our holiday in peace and quiet.

  7. I sat with a dog that is terrified of lowd noises. My neighborhood supplied the noise. I’m in Tennessee and just about anything is legal for fireworks. I think next year we will be in a national forest or somewhere fireworks can’t be used.

  8. No, we didn’t leave the homestead but did have friends and family over for a pool party with our own fireworks after dark.

  9. Didn’t need to attend. We could hear surrounding firework displays on 7/3 and 7/4. Our dog was shaking.

  10. Had family and friends at our camp on the river. Bought our own fireworks and had a 30 minute fireworks show.

  11. Most years we attend the Longmont CO fireworks display, but sometimes set off our own legal fireworks (fountains and other non-flying types) at home or at a relative’s house.

  12. No, we sat at home, as we do each year on the 4th time period. Neighbors believe money is no object and shoot off big ones all week, till they run out. Yes, in the unincorporated county with small acreage around us. But on the good side, we don’t spend $ for a good show!

  13. As great a tradition as it is to celebrate the independence of our country by blowing up stuff made in China, I’m too old to handle the crowds, traffic and, here in Arizona, the heat.

  14. Live in a small community on the water so neighbors setoff fireworks over the water. About hour and a half. Was very upsetting for the animals wild and pets. Was fun to watch but there must be a quieter way to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Anyone see a laser show?

  15. I didn’t exactly attend the one my town sponsored on 7/3, but I’m less than a mile away and had a great seat on my front porch.

    • Same with me Rita. We had our grandkids and watched from our deck instead of fighting thousands of people and cars in town.

  16. They need to leave the fireworks to the professionals and outlaw them from the public. Think of all the injuries and even deaths due to inappropriate use, sorry if I offend anyone but, after being a police officer for 20 years the damage is evident, fires kill people and pets.

  17. We spend our summers in our RV on Lake Chatuge, NC. While we did not attend a “public” fireworks display, we were able to view several very nice displays that were put on by the locals either living on, or near the lake. Right from our Deck! Enjoyed them immensely.

  18. Nah, stayed home with dogs – fireworks/thunder drive them nuts. Thunder coats don’t work and not goons drug em.

    • I agree, John. Our neighborhood was very noisy for about 5 hours! Poor Archie was so scared that I sat with him in our walk-in closet and just held him!

  19. In public? Like in a large group of people? Are you at all familiar with “anxiety attacks”?

    It’s a real dichotomy though. While being IN a crowd makes me nervous to the point where I sweat and tremble (PTSD) I play in a band am routinely in FRONT of large crowds. That’s the key. Not among them, in front of them.

    Plus, fireworks (or parades) are not really my thing, and certainly not enough to fight the traffic afterward.

  20. Since we’re in Canada during the 4th no fireworks on that day but there were some on Canada Day July 1st………just pretended the days were off!

  21. Stayed home with Tucker in a dark bedroom with the tv on. He doesn’t like the load noises. Trouble with thunderstorms also.


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