Readers weigh in on attending Fourth of July fireworks

Poll question: The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and along with cookouts, days on the water, and beach outings, fireworks most likely rank at the top of people’s list for celebrating the holiday. Unfortunately, cost and safety issues have forced the number of displays to shrink and personal use is illegal or limited in most communities. Daniel Island had to suspend its annual display in recent years because the City of Charleston will no longer permit it citing safety concerns. Do you still use personal fireworks? What displays do you attend?

Comments: Tell us about what local public fireworks displays you enjoy and attend each year.
• Personal fireworks are ILLEGAL on Daniel Island! It is also very inconsiderate to set them off in a neighborhood where veterans, babies, elderly and animals are scared out of their wits by them. Fireworks landing in pine straw and other types of bedding start fires. Plus, the chemicals in fireworks permanently pollute land and water.
• We are going out of state because if we can’t enjoy our own city, we will give a completely different area our business for the entire weekend.
• We may go to the end of the island to watch [Mount Pleasant] display.
• For years we attended the RiverDogs on the 4th. Caught a game and then the fireworks.
• No longer attend. Too crowded.
• IOP, Patriots Point or North Charleston.
• Stop with the fireworks obsession. Our veterans and our pets deserve better.
• Our family likes to watch a neighborhood firework display down in Ion. While fireworks cause trouble, when used properly they can be rather enjoyable.
• From my balcony, I can see fireworks from all over the city.
• Best ever are over the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. My heart is always there on July 4; A Capitol Fourth for sure!!!
• Usually try to get to a place we can see fireworks around Charleston Harbor.
• Wish we could stay on the Island like we used to.
• The sense of community and its tradition. Yes, there are lots of ways to create a sense of community other than fireworks, but it’s a tradition. Taking it away and citing safety as the issue is asinine. People have been setting off fireworks for years and years. If the community is too densely populated now, perhaps it is, you should start giving developers permits to come in and continue to build in an area that’s already too densely populated for fireworks.
Weekly Reader Survey goes on hiatus!
The Daniel Island News’ weekly survey is on hiatus this week for the July 4th holiday, and will return with a new question the following week. In the meantime, catch up on some past surveys and read complete lists of readers’ comments on our website at 

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