Three Things I Hate About the Fourth of July
1. Fireworks. Not so much the big professional shows (though really, you’ve seen one of these and you’ve pretty much seen them all). No, what I can’t stand is the amateur backyard/driveway jobs. Twice a year people get to detonate small explosives in residential areas. So twice a year I get to breathe in toxic smoke and feel my ears ringing because it’s “tradition.” Want some more reasons I hate fireworks?
- –The estimated annual cost of fireworks-related injuries is $100 million. Fireworks-related fires have caused at least $15 to $20 million in property loss each year in the past decade.
- –There is a strong risk of permanent hearing loss in children.
- –Fireworks kill birds.
- –Fireworks terrify animals, which is why the Fourth of July is the #1 day in which pets get lost and end up in shelters.