A Guide for 4th of July Fireworks
Next month is July, which can mean only one thing: 4th of July celebrations nationwide. While we as a nation celebrate our independence from Great Britain, which we gained on July 4, 1776 in the Revolutionary War, some may await with trepidation, specifically concerning fireworks. This may be common in the disability community among those with Autism Spectrum Disorder or who suffer from PTSD. Sensory overloads such as loud noises may trigger general adaptation syndrome in the form of a meltdown or a PTSD episode. Read on for tips to prepare for a firework display, as well as alternative ways to celebrate this historic day:
Research When & Where
It would benefit you greatly to find out, if fireworks are set to go off in your area, when and where it will happen. That way, you can plan accordingly with one of the proceeding tips.
Once you find out the time and location of the firework display, you would do well to find some place either at home or at a friend or relative’s house that will serve as a safe space. Make up the space any way you like, maybe build a fort using couch cushions and blankets and sheets.
Block out the noise
If loud noises stress out you or a loved one, you or s/he would do well to block out the explosive bangs of fireworks with earplugs, noise-cancelling headphones, or even with music playing through a pair of headphones.
Respect your neighbors
This tip is for people who plan to set off fireworks in their own backyard. Talk to your neighbors first and see if any of them would have a problem with you doing so. If all is clear with them, next you should research state and local laws and contact either the police or fire department (or both) via their non-emergency line to inform them of your intentions. Doing this may avert a run in with the authorities, which can easily ruin a good-hearted celebration, as they will have prior knowledge of what to expect coming from your property. Once both parties (neighbors and authorities) have been properly addressed, and you get the go ahead, it’s still important to be mindful of neighbors. And don’t be too surprised if you get a noise complaint… you knew what you were getting into.
At ILCNSCA, we respect the difficulties of people whose conditions prohibit them from participating in celebratory events. That is why we created this guide, to serve as a reference for such individuals. ILCNSCA is your go-to advocate for all things independent living and accessibility. Contact us today by phone at 978-741-0077, or visit our website at https://ilcnsca.org/.
This post was written by Sperling