I have to admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of at-home fireworks. When I was a kid, I’d hide when the neighbors pulled out the Roman Candles and those little round ones that zipped all over the place, threatening to take out an eye. I wasn’t even fond of firecrackers (too loud, too much danger of blowing off a finger.)
As a parent, I’m even less of a fan of amateur fireworks – after all, it’s not just my own eyes and fingers I have to worry about, but those of my five kids. We’ve also lived in several states that ban at-home fireworks (which doesn’t seem to stop the neighbors from setting them off, but at least kept them out of the stores for my kids to see.)
What I’ve learned over the years? Kids, especially little ones, really just want to light up the dark. And they are perfectly happy with a variety of safe alternatives to home fireworks, which the National Fire Protection Association report injuring thousands of people each year. Here are some of the tried-and-true fireworks substitutes that have kept our kids amused throughout the years – especially while waiting on a blanket for the “real” fireworks to begin.