The July 4th Holiday is different for those who earn their livings (or volunteer) in emergency services. During my early years, I always offered to work on the 4th as it was likely to be an interesting day. It often was and I still remember lots of fireworks injuries, including picking up a few fingers, packing them in ice and transporting them along with the person they were formerly attached to, on an ambulance ride to the hosptal. (It was the only day of the year we carried a full ice chest on the rig)
Good times, indeed and probably the reason I still don’t like “do it yourself” fireworks. (Someday, I”ll explain why I’m not a big fan of motorcycles!)
The fact that alcohol and explosives are not the best of friends will be played out today accross the Fruited Plain. If I reacall from my days on the board of the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, July 4th is usually the busiest day of the year at the JMS Burn Center in Augusta, GA (busiest burn center in USA)
A few LE/Fire/EMS friends made reference to the day on social media because they “been there, done that”
Have fun today, celebrate the day and in the words of Sgt. Esterhaus. . .