A Happy 4th of July To All


For more than 200 years, Americans have observed the 4th of July, our Independence Day, with great demonstrations of patriotism and celebrations. Today, these celebrations often include backyard barbeques, picnics, parades, games and, of course, fireworks.

According to Thomas Jefferson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, this is how it should be.

We have no problem with these traditions, except for the fireworks that are too often fired off illegally and with little consideration for the harm they can cause.

The illegal fireworks of today are no longer just the little firecrackers and occasional cherry bomb of years past, but in many cases they rival the size and intensity of the fireworks used by professionals in the southland’s biggest staged events.

It seems to us that the noise of those large and illegal fireworks pose a substantial risk to us all. Not only do they scare many residents and their pets, but the smoke and acrid air they leave behind is a health concern to people who suffer from asthma, COPD and other respiratory illnesses.

Then there’s the fire danger. The big fire danger.

We are in the second year of a severe drought and much of the brush surrounding us is dry and brittle and could go up in flames with just a small, errant spark from a sparkler or other firework.

The danger to humans, especially children, from so-called “safe and sane” fireworks has been well documented and talked about for years, but we are sure many parents and adults will once again fail to heed the warnings of public safety officials and doctors and buy them for their family.

We can hope however, that more people will instead make the “safe and sane” decision to take in one of the many professional firework displays that we have included in our special Fourth of July event calendar.

Celebrating our wonderful country’s birth should be a joyous occasion not a disastrous one.


Happy Fourth of July!

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