At some point in my youth, the Fourth of July surpassed Christmas as my favorite holiday. That status remains in place to this day. And before the angry emoji materializes in your head, I do enjoy Christmas in my way. I just enjoy Independence Day more. I mean, come on, FIREWORKS.

Fireworks Safety From the Owensboro Fire Department

But you know as well as I do that the only way to have the best possible experience with your fireworks celebration is to practice safety measures. When you don't, well, let's just say enjoying all that cold watermelon after the backyard show won't be as rewarding.

Owensboro Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Leonard has offered these tips for a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July fireworks celebration:

BONUS: How Fireworks Are Made

Once you've accomplished all that you need to accomplish to be in line with Chief Leonard's selection, you can sit back and enjoy your fireworks celebration. And if you're like me, you will always wonder, "How in the world do they know they'll be getting THOSE designs?" I've always been amazed at how they can pack those 500 gram finale fireworks so that we'll see a giant chrysanthemum or a star or whatever.

Well, these guys get into the science of it all, and it's quite fascinating.

One of life's little miracles...explained. I don't know why I waited this long to dig into it, but the safety tips from the Owensboro Fire Department seemed like a good time to look into it.

Everyone have a safe, fun, and memorable Fourth of July.

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Here are some of the best fireworks names we found when searching leading industry stores' online inventory.

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10 Things to Do for Your Dog if They're Scared By Fireworks

My two big German Shepherds just hated the Fourth of July. My girl Bella used to run into the bathroom, push the shower curtain aside, and lay down in the tub. My sweet guy Zeus who weighed about 100 pounds would try to get in my lap every time I sat down, or would try to hide in the space between the toilet and the tub!

The dog who likes fireworks probably is a good hunting dog too. But, not mine, and not a lot of other dogs on the Fourth of July. But there are things you can do to help your furry kid get through fireworks season without going totally insane.

The American Kennel Club has all kinds of advice on how to get your pooch through the entire summer in good shape. But for the Independence Day holiday, they have 10 tips on how to keep your dog calm.

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