The Fourth of July is a widely celebrated holiday which represents freedom, pride, and of course independence. The
holiday is so widely spread that even other countries celebrate the holiday as a way to attract more tourists! As Caroline Simon
reports from Business Insider, “Denmark, England,” and even “Sweden celebrate the Fourth of July because many of their citizens
moved to the US or simply to attract American tourists.” Did you know that July 4 wasn't even considered “a federal holiday until
1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded”? And here we all thought that Independence Day had always been celebrated.
Check out these other fun facts from Simon to hold you over until the actual holiday coming this Tuesday!
Since the Fourth of July is known for its fireworks and celebrations, I would like to take the time to point out some common safety
tips to keep in mind for you and your family’s wellbeing:
1. Wear Sunscreen! If you’re going to be out in the sun all day or even a portion of the day, your best bet is to apply plenty
of sunscreen to ward off the sun’s harmful ways.
2. Watch fireworks; try not to be a firework! I cannot stress this point enough. Too many firework related accidents occur
when people attempt to light a firework or stand to close to one being lit up. Let the professionals handle the fireworks!
3. Save the cooking for an experienced grill master. I’ve heard too many horror stories about people hosting cookouts for
their friends and family who are too busy rushing around to pay attention to how long they are cooking the food, whether
they haven’t cooked the food enough or they’ve completely torched it. Consuming food that is not cooked enough can result
in food poisoning; cooking the food for too long may result in angry guests. Either result may not be pleasant for the cook.
4. Keep children and pets away from fireworks. While you and your family may enjoy the fireworks, your pets most likely will not.
Typically pets do not enjoy loud, unfamiliar explosions. You should keep your pets safely indoors during the festivities in order
to prevent them from running away or getting hurt.
5. Do not feed your pets any alcoholic beverages. This is probably common sense, but try not to feed your pets any alcohol. Alcohol
is actually poisonous to pets, so allowing your pet to have a “good” time may actually result in a bad time at the vet’s office.
For those who are interested in more ways to keep your pet safe this holiday, take a look at some suggestions from PetMD’s website:
We here at C&E Financial Services would like to take a moment to recognize the strength and valor it takes for all of our active duty soldiers and veterans to protect our country. We know that without all of you fighting, we would not have the freedom that we have today. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!