Tips for a Tear-Free Fireworks Experience with your Kids

I was that child. The one screaming through the ENTIRE fireworks display. Yep, that was me! Thankfully, it seems I have not passed that fear down to one of my little interns, but the other has a 50/50 shot of having a mid-fireworks meltdown. Here are some tried and true steps to having a happy, tear-free, 4th of July fireworks experience!

1. Talk about the loud noise. "Remember, the fireworks are pretty only because of that loud boom. It has to make that noise first before we see the pretty sparkles!" It seems simple, but the more your child can understand and anticipate what is about to happen, hopefully it won't be a surprise that leads to tears!

We brought wands and crowns from this month's Creigh♥ative Kid Kits as a good distraction~ and we looked pretty festive too!

We brought wands and crowns from this month's Creigh♥ative Kid Kits as a good distraction~ and we looked pretty festive too!

2. Bring distractions from home. Glowsticks, balls if you're in an open area, special patriotic snacks, and pinwheels are all great pre-firework entertainment, and a good distraction if there are meltdowns. 

3. Bring earmuffs to lessen the noise, especially if you have a sensitive little one.

4. Have an escape plan. We strategically sit far away from where the actual fireworks are going off. This makes the loud noise a little less in-your-face and also allows for a relatively quick exit! We also try to park near where we are sitting {I know this can be challenging!}. This is key if there are any meltdowns. We can make a quick exit and sit in the car to hopefully enjoy the last few fireworks in the sky!

The most important part is to know your child. If it's going to be a miserable experience for your little one {which means for everyone involved as well!}, there are some great firework displays on TV you can tune into {wink!}. Happy 4th of July!

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