Before you light that firecracker, consider our veterans and pets

- On the 4th of July, we celebrate our independence. The military plays a big part in that freedom. But several veteran men and women actually avoid the noisy celebration. It’s an echo of the battlefield.

"If they have fireworks going off next-door all of a sudden or a fire cracker, it takes them back to the battle zone and they were scared then and that feeling never goes away," Air Force Veteran Harvey Mayhill said. 

He invites us to celebrate with consideration to our veterans.

"If you are doing neighborhood fireworks, get to know your neighbors. Visit with them. Get to know that they are a veteran who has been in a battle zone. You might want to invite them to the celebration so they know what's going to happen when it's going to happen," Mayhill explained. 

Also remember your pet this Independence Day. More pets run away on July 4th than any other day of the year.

"I have not met a dog yet that is not scared of them this time of year," Brianna Duffy with Catering to Dogs and Cats said. 

Here are a few things she says you can do to keep your pet safe and secure.

"Keep pets secured inside your home. Do not let your pets outside. Even in a secured yard area, they will try to get away when they hear the scary sound of fireworks. Another thing we usually do is ambient noise. TV and radio can cover up the sounds from outside. We also always keep their microchips updated," Duffy said. 

Let’s make this celebration safe and enjoyable for everyone from our vets to our pets! 

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