Here's your guide to 4th of July activities in SoIn

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The annual 4th of July Celebration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

The Fourth of July also marks the approximate halfway point in the Major League Baseball season, with a not-so-reliable popular tradition holding that the teams in first place will finish that way. He may feel more comfortable and safe inside the house.

This is hardly a new problem.

Most consumer fireworks now are legal in 46 states, and Illinois' strict prohibitions remain.

In England, the earliest recorded display took place on Henry VII's wedding day in 1486.

"Please do not forget to bring in your pets before dark on July 4th so that anyone setting off fireworks [doesn't] scare your pets away ... Also, be sure that your pet is wearing proper identification tags, and that their microchip is up-to-date should they get out", the ASPCA recommends.

In Wisconsin you can buy fireworks year-round, whereas OR asks that you save your explosive purchases for the weeks leading up to Independence Day. That rate has remained steady despite a massive increase in the number of fireworks in use: 29 million pounds of product was sold in 1976, compared to over 268 million pounds in 2016.

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If frightened, they're more likely to run, hide or become destructive. New Jersey and NY took more cautious steps, abolishing their prohibitions on consumer combustibles but only going so far as to legalize handheld novelties.

Even businesses that stand to benefit from the changes in the law have criticized it. The Hawkeye State repealed "the silliest law ever" in 2017, joining the rest of Illinois' neighbor states in allowing the sale and use of a variety of fireworks. To begin with, people should show basic consideration for neighbors.

Remember that fireworks can kill or maim. MA bans all consumer fireworks. Numerous victims were children.

Dickson - Fireworks can only be set off June 20-July 5 and December 21-Jan.

And fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S.in 2013, according to the National Fire Protection Association. "Beyond CPSC's efforts, we want to make sure everyone takes simple safety steps to celebrate safely with their family and friends".

The government has long warned against children using sparklers and produces the same video every year to discourage their use and the use of any fireworks. And keep fireworks away from children.

Myers, a retired firefighter, lost his enthusiasm for personal fireworks on the Fourth of July after losing his home in the Tubbs fire last October. This will ensure a celebration that's memorable only for the right reasons.

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