Staying Red, White and Green this Fourth of July

Fourth of July is an American holiday filled with patriotic fun and excitement. Whether that means lighting fireworks, barbecuing, or just spending time with family, there is something for everyone to enjoy. While all of the celebrations are fun, they can also be very harmful to the environment. However, here are some eco-friendly ways to still enjoy the Fourth of July while still being conscious about the impact on the environment!

Skip the fireworks and use solar powered toys

Fireworks, although a major part of Fourth of July, release chemicals and pollutants that are not only harmful to the environment, but also yourselves. Pollutants such as dust, dirt and soot fill the air during the Fourth of July and can linger in the air all throughout the night. Although it is impossible to completely stop using fireworks, look for some solar powered toys instead. The handheld sprinklers can be replaced with solar powered ones that can also be saved and used for the next holiday.

Avoid buying fireworks and enjoy local festivities instead

Fireworks are a major part in celebrating the Fourth of July, so if you really want to see some, opt to go to your local park or city hall to watch their firework show instead. Not only will you save money by not purchasing fireworks, but you will also cut down on the air pollution – even if it’s just by one small firework.

Green your grill by using gas rather than charcoal

When making those delicious hamburgers and hot dogs for the Fourth of July party, remember to use gas instead of charcoal for your grills. Charcoal releases carbon dioxide that is harmful to our environment and ozone layer, so using gas can cut that down.

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