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Here are some celebratory options for Independence Day

June 27. Fireworks at The Peninsula Club on July 4, a tradition going back decades, have been cancelled but other options include fireworks at Trump National on July 3 and, on July 6, the Lake Norman Yacht Club.

Here are some safe do-it-yourself alternatives to fireworks, courtesy of Mecklenburg County:

1. Use glow sticks
They glow in the dark and are a safe, fire-proof, firefighter-approved alternative to a sparkler. Fun for all ages.

2. Loud and proud 
Noise makers are sure to make a statement. Remember the ones from birthday parties where you blow them and they pop out at your friend and you get to laugh at their shocked face? Find them at local party supply stores or if you’re very crafty, make some of your own.

3. Outdoor movie night
Set up a screen and projector and screen your favorite summer movies. Don’t forget the bug spray!

4. Red, white and blue silly string
What more needs to be said? It’s festive and fun for all ages.

5. Watch a fireworks show on television
If you just can’t imagine the holiday without a stellar light show, there are a few you can catch on TV.

Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, glass melts at 900 degrees Fahrenheit and sparklers burn at an astonishing 1,200 degrees. Indeed, sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.

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