Avoid the Emergency Room - Put Safety First on the Fourth

For years I dreaded sunset on the Fourth of July. You see, after a day of fun and good food with family and friends, when our three boys pulled out their arsenal of fireworks they'd purchased at a roadside stand (are all boys pyromaniacs?) my stres...

How do you define patriotism?

Beyond hot dogs and fireworks, have you taught your child the meaning behind Independence Day? I'll admit that I haven't even started. We have our Fourth of July traditions, but even my older daughter has only the vaguest grasp on what the holiday is...

Mayor steals from little league

Sad, but true. A former mayor and his wife (!) have been found guilty of stealing over $20,000 from a local little league. The two were found guilty of stealing money earned from fireworks sales over a period of three years. And, as a result, they'...

ParentDish Sleepover for Sunday, July 8, 2007

This week was the Fourth of July, a holiday I used to celebrate by watching the movie musical 1776. Lately, however, it's been difficult for me to get excited; I don't hold out a lot of hope for Jefferson's America these days. Still, we had a fun day...

Illegal fireworks take out teen's hand

I hate to say I told you so but... I told you so. As did the CPSC, the police, and just about everyone else. Someone, however, didn't listen. They tossed some sort of firecracker -- likely an M-80, which is basically a quarter stick of dynamite -- in...

Fear of fireworks

I have a lot of memories of fireworks from my childhood. I remember going to a nursery owned by one of my dad's friends for a big barbeque. There was a pig roasted in the ground, a cow that chased my sister, and a professional fireworks display. Anot...

Playing with fire on the 4th of July

I have always loved the 4th of July fireworks. My birthday is July 5th and I spent my entire childhood believing that the yearly festivities were all about me. My family always spent the day barbecuing together and enjoying the fireworks display put ...


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