As many in America are celebrating Independence Day, I will be trying to calm down Dante, our poor 120 pound anxiety inflicted dog. Of all the dogs we live with, he’s the most sensitive to fireworks and thunder. With fireworks going off every night for the last week+, the poor guy is hyper ventilating in terror for hours and there is nothing we can do but try to soothe him. He’s so scared to go outside, he has been having accidents in the house.

I used to love loud fireworks, but since I’ve seen the stress some animals endure, I’m no longer a fan. I hope noiseless fireworks become more common, at least in residential areas. Or perhaps people could save the celebration to just one night when pet owners can be prepared to drug their animals. Yes, that is a common, vet condoned way pet owners handle the 4th of July. We just don’t want to drug our dog for over a week.

And speaking of vets… I can’t imagine all the vets who suffer PTSD. Waking up to “the bomb bursting in air” at 1 a.m. can be traumatic. Thanks for living the nightmare of war… in appreciation, more nightmares.

So, without shouting from a soapbox, I urge everyone to just get noiseless fireworks and light up the sky next year. I will be celebrating along with Dante and all the humans who may share his fear of loud noises. Why mimic bombs bursting to celebrate freedom? I think it’s a better option to celebrate freedom with light and love. Next year I will bring this up earlier.

Don’t take my word for it. Here are other viewpoints on noisy fireworks:

Get Ready For The Fireworks. How To Keep Your Pets Safe And Happy This 4th Of July from

Fireworks and PTSD: How to Raise Awareness from

It’s time for silent fireworks from The Hill

Purchase noiseless fireworks here: Phantom Fireworks

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at
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  1. Marge Simon says:

    Absolutely agree. The people fire them off whether it’s overcast, whether it’s raining, whether it’s July 1st 2nd or 3rd; they must spend a ton on the things. and LOUD. There’s nothing to see, but plenty to hear. They should make noiseless ones! I only ever heard of them from you. (sigh)

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