6 Green Alternatives to Fireworks

Your guide to celebrate Independence Day without environmentally-degrading fireworks.

It's that time of year again—barbeques and all things red, white, and blue. Along with the daytime celebration, there is also the nighttime fireworks show, and every year it seems there is an increased concern over the environmental footprint of this Independence Day tradition. It's no secret that fireworks affect air and water quality; the EPA is investigating the impacts. The smoke and ash from fireworks contain toxic chemicals, including heavy metals and sometimes even arsenic.

Not feeling so patriotic? Don't fret, there is an abundance of environmentally-safe alternatives to the bright lights we all love. Consider these six, just as awesome options instead of the gunpowder-based, carcinogenic traditional fireworks show.