How You *Really* Feel About Fireworks

fireworks_300While the crowds at your local fireworks display may suggest otherwise, the 4th of July tradition might not be the crowd pleaser we assume it is, at least according to our Real Simple readers on Facebook.

In a completely unscientific poll, we asked our fans to fill in the blank: “I ____ fireworks.” At the time of writing, more than 800 people have responded.

The results? About half love the light show—at least, they do on Independence Day and not, say, at 2 AM on a random night in August. But on the other side of the coin, the other 50-odd percent actively hate fireworks. The main reason: Those loud booms.

A few highlights from our community:

“I need to see them every year! My husband knew how much I loved them so he even proposed to me under the grand finale.” —Alyssa B.

“As pretty as they are, the sound and lights are awful for someone with chronic migraine!” —Laurie A.E.

“I dislike fireworks because by choosing to set them off, or watch them, we’re actively participating in terrifying animals and polluting our environment. And, of course, because they can kill birds.” —Vanessa J.

“[I] am still completely thrilled by [them].” —Christi C.

“Hate ‘em because my dog is so afraid. I’ll have to carry my dog outside all weekend because she won’t go out voluntarily.” —Emily H.

“[I] get bored watching.” —Melissa J.R.

How do you feel about fireworks?




  1. Terri

    Been there…done that.

    July 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm
  2. nerdvogel

    I love fireworks, but I always end up thinking about their symbolism. Celebrating my homeland underneath symbolic bombs and missiles is a problematic activity, although I’m sure it’s not at the forefront of our minds while enjoying the lights. It’s just a little bit weird to me.

    July 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm
  3. Martha Chandler

    I love fireworks!!!!! It celebrates what Independence Day is all about. I love the tradition of it all, hot dogs, American flags and fireworks.

    July 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm
  4. Fay

    Hate them! Hate the noise and air pollution.Hate reading about injuries to pets and children from fireworks. Hate the selfishness and lack of consideration for others who may have pets, be sleeping, or are ill. Hate the boorish idiots who shoot off backyard fireworks for days and days. Can you tell my sleep has been interrupted for the last week?

    July 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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