SURVEY SAYS: 4th Of July Celebrations

PLANSPONSOR NEWSDash readers share how 4th of July celebrations will be different this year.

Last week, I asked NEWSDash readers, “Will there be fireworks where you live and will you attend the show?” I also asked, “Will you be traveling for the 4th of July holiday?”

Most responding readers (56.7%) said there will be no fireworks display for the 4th of July where they live this year. Twenty percent indicated there will be and 23.3% said they don’t know.

Where there will be a fireworks display, 86.4% reported they will not attend, while 9.1% said they will and 4.5% are unsure.

Twenty percent of responding readers will be traveling for the 4th of July holiday this year, while 73.3% will not and 6.7% indicated they don’t know.

Those who left comments generally expressed disappointment in having no fireworks display and/or not traveling this year. Some are fortunate enough to be able to see fireworks from their homes, and a couple are traveling, but to a place where social distancing will not be a problem. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who simply expressed “:-(.”

Thank you to all who participated in our survey.


We had to cancel our family reunion. Just too risky to fly right now, especially with my 84-year-old mother.

I don’t do scenes where literally every breath you take is another trigger pull in an unnecessary Russian roulette game.


I work for a city that had to make the decision to cancel the 4th of July celebration because adequate social distancing was not possible. Unfortunately, that means people will be buying and setting their own firework displays even though such are illegal in this county. There will be more injuries and accidents as a result, and a highly uncomfortable weekend for pets and people suffering from PTSD. A real Catch 22 situation.

Most of the small towns have cancelled their fireworks, parades, and carnivals. We will spend the day with family on a farm, social distancing!

Traveling for wedding fireworks! Can’t miss that for anything.

I will miss not having parades, and I fear with the lack of official fireworks displays, that individuals will make their own. My personal risk tolerance is Sparklers.

I loved the 4th as a kid. As an adult with grown children, it’s a great day to spend time celebrating the holiday, then relax and enjoy life without all the fanfare.

For the past few weeks, our friendly neighbors have been putting on their own firework shows…it is getting a little old and I’ll be over fireworks by the time the 4th comes…

We will be traveling to a neighboring state, but going to our lake home and will pretty much stay there the entire time.

We don’t like dealing with the crowds any year, so we stay home. We can see multiple firework displays from our house, so why fight the crowds??

The majority of the cities surrounding Kansas City will not be having fireworks but few of the small towns will. No foreseeable travel for the 4th or the future since my husband had to take a 40% pay cut because of COVID-19. Funds are tight!!

We are taking it day-by-day. I don’t know that we will be comfortable traveling, but at this point, I see no harm in watching fireworks from my car.

Love the fireworks but not the crowds, especially this COVID-year. Although that thought might not seem positive, I view staying healthy as very positive!

Will be camping in the mountains of West Virginia. It is a large campground that will have its own fireworks display.

RATS! Can’t wait ’til next year!

Our 4th of July fireworks are being postponed. Discussing what date later this year; possibly Labor Day. We won’t be traveling over the July 4th holiday but leave the next week on vacation.

We’re lucky to be able to enjoy most of these from our front porch—and so traveling to them hasn’t been an issue. However, in view of the current sentiments manifested in pulling down statues and reviling previously honored founding fathers, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before the mob (for that is what it surely is) decides that July 4 is an inappropriate day to celebrate…


NOTE: Responses reflect the opinions of individual readers and not necessarily the stance of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) or its affiliates.