Fireworks, Freedom, and Being a Good Neighbor

For many people across the country, there is not a better tradition than fireworks on the Fourth of July. But in our corner of unincorporated Snohomish County, even mentioning fireworks can be explosive.

From my experience, it’s not uncommon to hear fireworks on occasion at seemingly random moments throughout the year. But when the Seahawks score or the 4th of July rolls around, our community seems divided on the acceptability of fireworks.

Those who support shooting fireworks often cite the sense of community and celebration involved in the displays. Though fireworks are illegal in Mill Creek (always) and Bothell (except on July 4th), for those who live in unincorporated Snohomish County, the freedom to launch fireworks is a point of pride. And for many, gathering together to entertain kids and celebrate holidays (and touchdowns) only brings a sense of connectedness to neighbors.

Some would ask, however, if the freedom to shoot fireworks comes with the caveat to be a good neighbor. There are many reasons why people have difficulty with fireworks: from fearful pets, to sleeping babies, to veterans with PTSD. And the randomness of fireworks beyond the obvious holidays can just be startling, especially for newcomers to the area.

So it seems like somewhere between the freedom to celebrate together and the sensitivity to the needs of the whole community lies the questions of what it means to live in a community together and what it means to be a good neighbor. And since this area is still in the process of forming its identity, these questions will be important as we continue to navigate life together in the same place.

Have a safe 4th of July, North Creek and shoot off your fireworks with the entire community in mind!

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