No Fireworks here and I have a Tremendous 4th

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Fireworks are an explosive way of celebrating.  They’re spectacular.  Kids love them.

I do not.

We find other charming ways to celebrate…even on the 4th.  While others watched the spectacular Disney fireworks…I go inside the shops.  Since 2008 I’ve not even watch sparklers.  Here’s why.

Fireworks cause distress to animals.  Our beautiful German Shepherd was severely injured while he was boarded July 4, 2009.  You can read more about Homer and his adventures here.  Don’t worry, Homer did live a long life for a shepherd.

But I did promise him no fireworks ever.

Our No Fireworks Plan

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Instead of the 4th being all about the fireworks, I collected ideas from my blogging friends to celebrate.  Join me on the journey to a quiet 4th with our family including the four legged members.


Liz Marie’s soft and casual fourth of July porch.  I adore the soft muted touches of red and blue on the porch.

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Lory from Designthusiasm set a stunning transferware red, white and blue tablescape.  We have a couple of red transferware plates. I plan to mix with brown transferware and white plate.  Then add a pop on blue napkins.  Plus toss small dollar store items down the center.  Perfect.


The spontaneous flair of a picnic in the grass is a free and easy idea from Julie at Julie Blanner.  I’m planning a carry it all breakfast for Sunday morning.  Love this!  So romantic too!

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Sipping on a cool frozen watermelon margarita made by Malia at Yesterday on Tuesday is in my plans for the fourth.  By the 4th the sweat is pooling on our rocking chairs in Arizona!

Printing a patriotic printable creative by Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage to display on our mantel is quiet decor that won’t stress anyone.  I like Gina’s steps for printable too.

Let the flag pop instead of the fireworks like Michelle at Our Crafty Mom does.  This flag is a dollar store flag that pops from the frame.

Or pulling out all our vintage red, white and blue goodies to display and use like Pam from House of Hawthornes.  Pam has a creative eye for all things vintage.  Try this at home.  Pick a color, say red.  Walk around your home, look in closets and cabinets and collect anything red.  Instant pops of decor.

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If you would like to read more about Homer, chick here.

Below are other ways to add explosive pops to your 4th…quietly!

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