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Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

It’s that time of year when the heat is on the rise, pools are the place to be and the summer blockbusters have filled the big screens. This week we turn our attention to fireworks, family and friends for Independence Day. So kick back and enjoy the show.

Many look forward to the big fireworks shows hosted in their town. But sometimes it’s fun to stay close to home and enjoy a fireworks show of your own. Here are a few tips for fireworks safety from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.

Fireworks should be used outdoors only.

Obey local laws and shoot only legal fireworks where you live.

Always have a hose or a bucket of water nearby.

Never relight a “dud.” Place it in a bucket of water.

Fireworks were intended for one purpose. Do not attempt to make your own by combining multiple shells.

Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety goggles.

More important than how we celebrate Independence Day is the history behind the holiday. So when you’re out enjoying the festivities, take a moment to remember that we, as Americans, are blessed to have the freedoms we enjoy today.