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Each year, emergency departments in the United States treat approximately 7,000 patients for injuries caused by fireworks. Injuries from fireworks can range from burns to more serious medical problems like cuts and amputations. In severe cases, consequences from fireworks use can result in death.
Protect yourself and your family by following these guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The AAP continues to urge families NOT to buy fireworks for personal use. Keeping that in mind, the following are some safety tips to follow if you or your children are around fireworks.
[source: National Council on Fireworks Safety]
Apex residents don’t have to travel too far to see an impressive fireworks display or to enjoy 4th of July festivities. Take a look at the following, family-friendly activities taking place close to home.
Time: 3 pm – 10 pm
Address: Koka Booth Ampitheatre | 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary, NC 27518
Details: Beginning at 3pm, you’ll be able to enjoy family-friendly activities all day long, including rides and games, a venue-wide scavenger hunt, watermelon eating contests and even a 50-foot Ferris wheel!
The Cary Town Band kicks off music at 5:45pm, followed by the North Carolina Symphony and fireworks to cap the evening.
Visit here to view the schedule of events.
Time: 9 am-1 pm
Address: Downtown Apex, Apex, NC 27502
Details: Kids 12 & under may participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem Street.
Decorate your bike, wagon, tricycle, or other non-motorized vehicle in patriotic colors to celebrate our nation’s independence.
The Parade starts at the corner of Salem & Chatham Streets at noon, so be sure to line up early to save your place.
Festivities will end with the Apex Fire Department’s Splash Down! Please note: Helmets are required for the Parade of Wheels.
Of course even if you leave the fireworks to the professionals, accidents can happen. In the event of an emergency, it’s a good idea to know where your community’s emergency departments are located. WakeMed proudly offers a full service, 24/7 emergency department in Apex and a full service, 24/7 emergency department in Cary.
If you find yourself out and about in Wake County on the 4th of July, we also have other five other emergency departments, ready to take care of you and your loved ones. Find the emergency department nearest you.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610