I don't know what all the celebration is about, but it must be a very important day in history. My neighbors seem to know something I don't. Anyone else absolutely despise fireworks? I think they're one of the worst things in the world that don't get any attention as being absolutely terrible things. America spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on nearly pointless explosives where the cons vastly outweigh the pros. Pros: It's fun for children, and adults who have the minds of children. Cons: They are sound pollution, air pollution, dangerous, they scare the hell out of pets, and they piss off all the non-neanderthals who live in the neighborhood, especially when they occur every day for a week leading up to July 4th and January 1st. Apparently several laws just fall by the wayside on those days and, apparently, days leading up to those days. Laws against owning explosives are gone, noise ordinance doesn't matter, and you're allowed to litter all over the place. When you're shooting explosives up into the air, that garbage will land somewhere, and the user is not expected to go find it and dispose of it. And these things are getting louder. We used to have laws against bottle rockets. Now people are basically shooting dynamite up into the air. As I get older, I get more and more disgusted at the people of this world.