Michigan honors veterans with fireworks-free celebrations


By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Several state parks in Michigan are planning Fourth of July celebrations without fireworks as part of an effort to honor veterans.

The state Department of Natural Resources says participating parks are good camping locations for veterans and others who prefer a quieter holiday celebration. The parks are located away from urban areas that often host large fireworks displays.

The DNR says events for “Fireworks-Free Fourth of July” were organized after a veteran noted how fireworks and other loud noises could bring up distressing memories from military experiences and affect those with post-traumatic stress injury.

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes says “PTSI … can affect anyone, and an event like the Fireworks-Free Fourth is a great alternative when celebrating our nation’s freedom.”