4th of July: Celebrations and Fireworks

by | Jul 3, 2023 | 0 comments

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and all the celebrations that go with it. Of course, you know that Independence Day is the anniversary of our young nation’s fight for independence against the British. And every year, on July 4th, we gather for picnics, parades, and fireworks nationwide. But Independence Day celebrations can become dangerous if we don’t act in safe ways. Here are some things you should know about celebrating the 4th of July.

Staying Safe at Home

If you’re in town for the 4th of July holiday, you want to ensure you stay as safe as possible. This includes things like avoiding too much alcohol, making sure fireworks are used safely, and following summertime safety recommendations.

Stay hydrated and use sun protection if you’re outdoors. The sun in Florida summers can be brutal, and sunburn can cause long-term problems, including damaged skin, and even raises the risk of cancer.

While Florida law doesn’t specify that a homeowner can be liable if they overserve alcohol to guests, you may want to be aware of the statute regarding “habitual drunkards.” If you know someone who has a problem with alcohol, don’t risk serving them, or you may be liable for their injury or injuries they cause to others.

Drunk Driving

Of course, when alcohol is involved, there can be a lot of other legal ramifications. We shared a blog post last week that included the sobering statistic that the 4th of July is one of the deadliest days for DUI crashes.

If you’re going to drink, do it safely. One of the most important things you can do is have a plan that does not involve driving at all. If you are going to drink, take an Uber to the place so you do not have access to your car after you have been drinking. 

If you drive somewhere in your own car and start drinking, remember it is okay to leave your car behind. Call an Uber or ask a sober friend to take you home. It is much better to figure out how to get your car tomorrow than how to bond out of jail and handle a DUI arrest. 

If you get behind the wheel this 4th of July and get caught, call us immediately. A DUI arrest can be complicated and needs immediate attention.   

Keeping Pets Comfortable

We want to ensure your pets are safe and comfortable during this holiday. Fireworks can be a lot for your dogs or cats at home. Some animals feel anxious around this holiday, so do what you can to keep them safe.

  • Create a Safe Space: Set up a designated safe space for your pets indoors where they can feel secure. Choose a comfortable room or area with access to their favorite toys, bedding, and water. Close windows, draw curtains and play soothing music to help drown out the noise of the fireworks.
  • Keep Them Indoors: During fireworks displays, keeping your pets indoors is crucial. The loud noises can startle them and cause them to panic or run away. Ensure all doors, windows, and gates are securely closed to prevent escape. Use leashes or harnesses when taking them outside to ensure their safety.
  • Provide Distractions: By offering engaging activities, keep your pets occupied and distracted during fireworks. Provide interactive toys or puzzle feeders to keep their minds stimulated. You can also consider using calming aids like pheromone diffusers or anxiety wraps to help alleviate their stress.
  • Stay with Them: If possible, stay with your pets during the fireworks. Your presence can provide them comfort and reassurance. Offer gentle pets, soothing words, and a calm demeanor to help them feel secure. Avoid scolding or punishing them if they exhibit anxious behavior, as it may worsen their anxiety.
  • Consult a Veterinarian: If you know your pet has severe anxiety or fear of fireworks, consult with your veterinarian before the event. They may be able to prescribe anti-anxiety medications or suggest other calming strategies to help your pet cope with the stress.

Remember, the loud noises and flashes of fireworks can be distressing for many pets. And if your pet escapes and bites someone because they’re scared, that can spell legal trouble for you. By following these guidelines, you can help ensure the well-being and safety of your furry friends during this festive time.

Celebrate Independence Day

Many things are going on around Gainesville for the 4th of July. Attend a parade or festival, view fireworks in several places throughout the area, or celebrate at home with your family and friends. Whatever you choose to do, always have a safe and happy holiday.

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