The United States of America will celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4th.  This federal holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The 4th of July is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, picnics, concerts, barbecues, and family gatherings.  While everyone loves a day off from work and gathering with family and friends, some don’t look forward to the tradition of fireworks.

Although beautiful to behold, fireworks displays are triggering for people with PTSD, many of whom struggle with loud noises. Symptoms of PTSD, which stem from a shocking or terrifying experience, can be triggered by sights, sounds, or smells that other people find tolerable or even enjoyable.

It’s important to understand that animals are more sensitive to light, noise, and smells than humans. Fireworks for them are an overload of all three on their nervous systems. Fireworks are an unpleasant surprise that comes without warning. Unlike thunderstorms, which signal their arrival through a change in atmospheric pressure. Inherently, it is just natural for pets to be anxious and afraid of fireworks. They may even attempt to run away.

Please be courteous to your neighbors when shooting off fireworks.

The communities in Marshall County all have their own rules for fireworks.  In Plymouth and Argos, you are allowed to set off fireworks from June 29th through July 9th from 5 p.m. until 2 hours after sunset and on the 4th of July from 10 a.m. until midnight. 

In Bourbon, Bremen, Culver, and LaPaz fireworks can be used any day other than holidays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 4th from 9 a.m. until midnight.