I hate the 4th of July. I boycott fireworks by not buying from stores that sell them. But at this time of the year, it is almost impossible to go to a major grocery store who isn't selling them.
People are so stupid in California. We have fires all the time yet they will light those fireworks up when it is dry as sagebrush. Plus since we have such easy access, fireworks are brought in illegally from Mexico.
I have a suggestion, something I do every year. I ride the neighborhood and look for "off the ground" fireworks. These are the illegal ones. My town has a special number set up during fireworks season and you can call in quickly. So I look for the off the ground displays and call them in.
Also this time of the year, I stay busy going to the City Council meetings begging to make fireworks, even the safe and sane ones, illegal. It's hard because so many groups say they make all their money from fireworks. I say get off your lazy ass and find something else to support your charity. Stop putting me in danger for the sake of your charity.
And then the ritual of the other cultures here of shooting firearms in the air during the 4th. People have been killed sitting in their living rooms watching TV by these stray bullets.
Being in California can change one's mind about holidays, among other things.