Fireworks have long been a staple of Fourth of July revelry — but at what environmental cost? America's favorite explosives are made from heavy metals, sulfur-coal compounds, and toxic chemicals. When detonated, the smoke and dust produced by fireworks can pose serious health risks for humans and animals alike. Plus, igniting fireworks can start fires and contaminate water, harming the environments that surround us. Enjoy (and spare) the environment around you by observing these natural displays of beauty.
1.) Bioluminescent waters: Next time you're in Florida, skip the crowded beaches and theme parks. Many of the state's small rivers and lakes are filled with bioluminescent dinoflagellates, which light up the waters after the sun goes down. Take a kayak trip through places like the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge to watch these microorganisms in action. If Florida is inaccessible, California, Washington, and Puerto Rico also boast bioluminescent waters. Isn't a calmly glowing river preferable to loud bangs and the smell of sulfur?