Fireworks, Drought and the 4th of July

Fireworks #1

Fireworks #1 (Photo credit: Camera Slayer)

4th of July and fireworks – It’s hard to imagine one without the other.  Cities across the country put on fabulous fireworks shows. People celebrate with their own fireworks display and kids “write” in the sky with sparklers!   The Boston Pops performing John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever followed by an incredible fireworks spectacular over the Charles River is the quintessential 4thof July celebration.

BOSTON (July 4, 2008) Confetti rains down at t...

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, extreme drought conditions are gripping Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Colorado.  Severe drought is occurring in much of the west with parts of the South and the East under abnormally dry conditions.  Out of control fires are blazing in many states.  It’s frightening.

Severe drought conditions have forced at least 40 counties in the Midwest to issue burn restrictions and bans; many of these bans include fireworks. From Utah to Indiana, state and local governments are calling off annual fireworks displays and urging residents to not to use fireworks, Roman candles and sparklers.

Fireworks are not exactly “green” to begin with, but this year, under such dry conditions, it’s best not to set off your own and go instead to your local fireworks display.  Celebrate at home with colorful streamers and other decorations.  If you do set off your own, use fireworks rich in nitrogen.  They can cost a little more, but they put out less smoke into the environment.  And, be extra vigilant.

Don’t forget to have a green cookout too.  Click here for ideas.

With a little more consideration for the earth, you can  have an even happier 4th!

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One response to this post.

  1. Thanks for this word of caution. Good advice. As I sat watching our local community shoot off fireworks on Saturday night, I felt slightly guilty knowing it wasn’t a very green activity. But they were too beautiful not to be transported back to the age of eight again with that sense of awe. I agree it’s best to watch the bigger shows and leave our own stuff alone.


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