Get ready, it's almost time for fireworks! July 4th is one of the most beloved national U.S. holidays. And on July 1st, Canada will celebrate the anniversary of the British North America Act. These holidays guarantee fun for whole the family over a long holiday weekend. As with all big events, it’s important to consider your safety. In this article we’re going to offer some tips to help you and your family celebrate safely.
For most people, the long weekend is an occasion to relax in the backyard, drink a few beers, and watch fireworks with family and friends, but the history is far richer and more fascinating than most people realize.
The history of the fourth
So let's enlighten ourselves with some history first. July 4, the Independence Day of the United States of America, is an annually celebrated federal holiday in the country ever since 1941.
Before being an independent country, America was constituted of 13 colonies set up by Great Britain, but tensions started rising when Britain began to pass legislation that gave it more control over the colonies, resulting in riots and protests. Ultimately, in June 1776, Richard Henry Lee, a Virginia Statesman, made a proposal for the colonies to get separated from Great Britain and established a committee to develop a formal independence document, known as the Declaration of Independence.
On July 2, 1776, Congress conferred freedom to the United States from Great Britain, but the official process of making amendments to the Declaration of Independence, primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, was not finalized until two days later.
Therefore, July 4, 1776, marks the official acceptance of the Declaration of Independence of thirteen American colonies by the Continental Congress. The occasion was initially observed with celebrations that took place on the king's birthday and played a vital role in the Anglo-American political tradition, such as bell ringing, bonfires, solemn processions, and oratory.
This day majestically signifies America's national power and freedom, still sparkling brightly in the sky of world history with all its glory.
Is it only America that celebrates this July?
Another holiday that comes before July 4th is Canada's Day. On July 1st, Canadians all around the country celebrate Canada Day by showing pride in their country's history, culture, and accomplishments
This day commemorates the anniversary of the British North America Act, because of which Canada was established as a self-governing dominion of the United Kingdom, with four provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec. Until 1982, the anniversary of this date was called the Dominion Day but it later became known as Canada Day.
Here are 9 tips to celebrate safely – whether you’re in Canada or the U.S.
Wear comfortable shoes for your activities
What can ruin a day more than uncomfortable shoes? So, whether you plan on having a barbecue or enjoying a picnic in scenic surroundings, make sure to wear comfortable shoes for each activity. But, don't worry, we’ve got you covered. Here's an article we wrote giving 10 hacks to make your shoes more comfortable.
Bring lots of water, especially if you are spending the day at the beach
If you plan on spending your day at the beach, do not forget to make preparations to keep your body fresh and hydrated. For that purpose, drink lots of water consistently and do not let dehydration come in your way of having a fun day.
Keep a check on your alcohol consumption
Most people make a huge mistake on holidays to start drinking early in the day, which can be extremely dangerous and can result in road accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July 4 was the most lethal day on the roads between 2013 and 2017. So, control your alcohol consumption and be safe.
Don't misuse fireworks
Since fireworks are an integral part of Independence Day celebrations, the risks associated with their misuse go sky high. One common mistake is trying to re-light a failed firework. As per the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's 2018 Fireworks Annual Report, do not go near failed fireworks before at least 20 minutes have passed.
Eat meals, not just snacks
It can be very tempting just to eat donuts and candy but make sure you get some real food in! For a joyful day, you must keep yourself full and indulge in healthy eating habits. Check out the article we wrote to make you aware of 10 worst eating habits you need to break now.
Stay connected with your company in crowded areas to prevent getting lost
You do not want to get separated from your company, right? To make sure that does not happen, remain close to them at all times in crowded areas and carry working cellphones with you at all times, so you do not lose the connection just in case you get lost.
Prepare for weather conditions
Although you cannot control the weather, you can surely make sufficient preparations. Weather conditions call for appropriate protective gear and clothing. For example, wear shorts and a tank top on a sunny day, and keep an umbrella and a raincoat with you if there is a prediction of rain at any time of the day. If you’re going to do a lot of walking in the rain or heat, make sure you wear suitable shoes. Check out our best-selling comfortable sandals.
Apply sunscreen for all outdoor activities
As it goes, your skin is your best accessory, so take good care of it! Do not let a sunburn ruin your skin or your day. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, keep on reapplying sunscreen after every two hours during the daytime to prevent skin damage and other problems caused by sun exposure.
Supervise your kids with sparklers
Although sparklers are a safer and milder alternative to gigantic fireworks, that does not mean there are no risks attached to them. To play with them safely, keep a bucket of water close to you and make sure you are in an open area, away from flammable items.
Remember: enjoy the weekend! But be safe. If you found this helpful, share with a friend or family member to keep everyone you love safe.