The warm weather is finally here! Bring on the carnivals, festivals, baseball games, cookouts and 4th of July parties! One of our favorite summer activities is sitting and watching the fireworks down at the park. Here are a few easy ways to make watching that breath-taking display a "blast" for everyone!
- Bring a blanket. The grass is usually wet, and nobody likes a wet behind. Nobody. Bring a blanket, that way you can spread out and enjoy the show. If it rained recently and the grass is really soggy, bring a tarp to lay out under the blanket.
- Bring a few snacks. This is especially important if you have little ones with you. They will get hungry, and will complain until they are fed. Same with the adults :)
- Bring glow jewelry. Sparklers aren't the safest choice in a crowd; little ones running around with fire = problem waiting to happen. Glow jewelry on the other hand is a fun, safe alternative and it will make the kids easier to spot.
- Consider carefully before bringing Fido. I know you love your puppy, but some dogs are going to be miserable when the fireworks start. You don't want to have to leave the show early because you had to take the dog home. I always bring a bag of treat to help distract a fidgety or anxious doggy.
- Be aware. If you’re going to be walking to the location, be mindful of those around you. People will be on bikes, zipping around getting to important locations. Let me tell you, walking into a bike is super painful. You don’t want that. Trust me.
- That being said, pack light. I know it sounds like I’m suggesting to pack a lot, but you want to be able to clear out quickly. If you have three coolers and five chairs, you probably brought too much. This is why the blanket is such a good idea. Many people can fit on it and it’s easy to pick up.
- Be respectful. If you’re watching in a park, be respectful and clean up after yourself. I promise it’ll take only a few moments, and the park will be nicer for everyone.
- Have fun. I know this sounds silly, but have fun. You don’t have to compare and analyze the fireworks through the whole show. These are fireworks, so sit back and enjoy the show.
We hope your summer celebrations are enjoyable and as bright as the weather. (It’s been real nice in Cleveland, which means it’s nice everywhere.) Check out our summer planning guide if you need any more summer party suggestions!