Watch a Fireworks Display


This activity can obviously be enjoyed at night, outside, live, and in-person, or you can watch many large fireworks displays from the comfort of your own home, such as the Freedom Fireworks put on by Detroit/Windsor every year. The outdoors option is obviously more “authentic”, but we wary that the loud noises and dark environment may be uncomfortable for those with more moderate or severe dementia. However, the televised version may be less engaging/hold the person’s attention for a shorter period of time because of the less immersive experience, but at least you’re in the comfort of your own home so switching to something else (or going to bed!) is much easier. If you do decide to venture out into the crows, consider staying close to the car so if you need to leave earlier, it will be easier to do so. You might also consider watching inside the car if the person finds the loud noises disruptive or if sitting on the ground or in lawn chairs is too uncomfortable.

Of course, watching a fireworks display is great for reminiscing about past displays seen, ways in which we celebrate the Fourth of July, or even the person’s activities during war-time and how they helped the cause, whether on the home front or overseas.

However you watch, enjoy and happy (early) Fourth of July!

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