It’s Not Just Veterans Who Struggle With Fireworks, So Be Kind to Your Neighbors

4th of July celebrations are a trigger for many people

4 min readJul 4, 2021
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Fireworks are a common trigger for many veterans with PTSD. Fireworks mimic the bright lights and noises associated with combat explosions, making veterans relive tough times. It’s important to remember this and be considerate of veterans in your community on Independence Day.

It’s also important to remember that veterans aren’t the only ones impacted by 4th of July celebrations. Kids, adults, and even pets can panic when fireworks illuminate the sky. Before you stock up on bottle rockets, consider how your festivities may impact these 5 members of your community.

1) Neurodivergent folks

Loud noises and flashing lights can be physically painful for some neurodivergent neighbors, such as those with autism or sensory processing disorder (SPD). That’s why some restaurants and malls offer sensory-friendly times with dimmed lights and no music. Too much noise can result in sensory overload, which may trigger anything from a headache or muscle pain to a full-fledged meltdown.

As someone with ADHD, I’m also considered neurodivergent. I love the way fireworks look but can’t handle the noise. In fact, I’ve had a…




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