I assume most people enjoy fireworks under the right condition, so I get it when I hear of people getting frustrated when their neighbors are doing their own thing.

Over the weekend some of the neighbors on our street did their own little show. It was nice that they pretty much told everyone on the lower part of our street they were doing it and invited a lot of people down to the empty field so we could watch them.

I liked the fact that they gave us a heads up. Some folks have pets that get alarmed at the sound of fireworks, so it was great that we knew they were planning to do it so we could put our animals in a safe place. Some of your neighbors might have small children, and I've heard stories from friends who've told me about veterans that get very uncomfortable with the explosions, so try to be sensitive with those people on your street.

Our neighbors also did their show at a reasonable hour. You have to expect that the week leading up to the fourth you're going to hear some fireworks, but it's very annoying when that guy decides the best time to shoot of his bottle rockets is at 3am. Again, be considerate of your neighbors or don't be surprised when the local police come to break up your party.

Lastly, I liked the fact that our neighbors use the wide open field that's behind all the houses. Everyone sat back at a safe distance to see and all the litter stayed clear of all the people and their property. There's nothing worse than waking up to a million exploded firecrackers and bottle rocket sticks that have littered your sidewalks, yard or worst of all... your house! If you're going to make a mess, make sure it doesn't include your neighbors property.

I did a article a few weeks ago talking about what is and isn't legal to use in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin... and what will happen if the police in your state catch you. (Read about that HERE.)

In the meantime... don't be a nuisance and have a safe and happy 4th of July!

God bless America!

~Chris Farber