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5 Ways People With Sensory Sensitivity Celebrate the Fourth of July

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Here at The Mighty we were discussing how to help our readers with sensory sensitivities in celebrating the Fourth of July. We decided to put the question out to our lovely Facebook community, asking:

“For those who live with sensory overload, what are some ways you or your family celebrates the Fourth of July?” 

Note: All activities require adult supervision.

1. Get glow sticks and sparklers.

You can experience the bright colors of the Fourth of July in a controlled setting. Sparklers are fun to watch and glow sticks really light things up.

2. Use noise-reduction headphones or earplugs.

Many readers shared that their children were able to see the colorful fireworks without all the loud booms. (Colored earmuffs are an especially fun accessory!)

3. Watch fireworks from the comfort of your own home.

If you don’t want to deal with the crowds, you can watch from a distance or on television, with the volume lowered.

4. Create your own explosions.

Some readers say they make their own Fourth of July volcanoes. You can use water bottles, baking soda, food dye, and vinegar.

Mentos and Coca-Cola also work perfectly for a massive (silent!) explosion. Check out these volcano recipes here.

5. Fireworks aren’t a must.

BBQ, swimming, festive foods and decorations are great, low-key ways to celebrate the 4th. Staying inside and watching a movie is a cozy alternative.

Have a safe, Happy Fourth — and add your suggestions to this post!

Originally published: July 2, 2015
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