A search of information published by pet experts, a query to photography experts at The Sun News and notifications from public safety officials add up to a lot of smart moves to take to keep July 4 from being a bad memory.
Those bombs bursting in air can wreak havoc on sensitive dogs and cats. Here are some ways to at least minimize their stress, and yours.
Stay safe on the roads
State troopers and area police have beefed up patrols and anticipate added traffic because the holiday falls on a Thursday this year.
Increased patrols for drunk driving and aggressive driving are expected along area highways for the 102-hour travel period, officials said. Last year, the travel period was 30 hours and five people died on the highways during that time.
In addition to basics, such as not driving while drinking or being aggressive behind the wheel, they advise:http://www.511sc.org
Get the perfect fireworks shot
Award-winning veteran photojournalists for The Sun News offer their approaches for capturing the moment.