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5 Rules of Fireworks Etiquette for Your Neighbors the Week Of 4th of July

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There is nothing more exciting about 4th of July than lighting off some fireworks and burning the hair off of your knuckles.  However, there also is nothing more annoying than some pesky neighbors lighting off fireworks inappropriately during the week of the 4th.  What is considered appropriate or innapropriate?  Here’s a list.

  1. Sparklers are free game any time of day, anytime of year, and whenever you feel like it.  They don’t really disrupt your neighbors.
  2. Loud fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, etc. should only be lit from July 3rd through July 5th.   In some cases, if the 4th of July falls on a weekday, loud fireworks are permissible on the weekend following.
  3. If you light off explosive, colorful fireworks during the daytime… you are an idiot.  They look stupid in the light, and you’re wasting your money.
  4. At night time during any period during 4th of July week, the latest fireworks of any kind should be lit off is up to 2 hours after sunset.  Generally that means about 11:30-Midnight.   Anytime after that, everyone will know you’re drunk and probably not safe to be lighting off fireworks.
  5. If you’re going to light off fireworks, make sure you clean up the crap thats left over after you light them, nobody wants empty containers, wrappers, stems, or charred cardboard in their yard.   Just saying…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against fireworks.  In fact I spent over 100 dollars this year on fireworks, but I am at least respectful to those around me.   And besides, isn’t it nice to have one glorious night of explosions, rather than a few nights of pitiful, disruptive bursts?

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