This post is sponsored by Festival Foods and contains affiliate links. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.
A little preparation can go a long way for those with sensory needs! Fireworks are a loud, bright, and totally awesome tradition that we like to share with our kids. We plan things a little differently to create a successful environment for them to enjoy the show. We’re lucky to have such entertaining local fireworks. Festival Foods is sponsoring 19 local fireworks events across the state of Wisconsin. Click here to find your local Festival Foods Fireworks! Be prepared to celebrate with these 7 sensory solutions for fireworks fun:
Wear ear protection
Headphones will muffle loud noise while allowing you or your child to still hear what’s happening around you.
Park far away
An awesome fireworks display like one put on by Festival Foods can be seen from far away. Eliminate some sensory stimuli of the noise and a large crowd by parking far away!
Stay in the car
“Oooh and aaah,” at the gorgeous display from the comfort of your own vehicle.
Those who are sensitive to bright lights may find comfort in wearing sunglasses during the fireworks.
Bring a comfort item
A fidget, favorite blanket, lovey or toy may be just what you need to get through any anxiety or sensory overload associated with the fireworks.
Prepare for the event
Talk about the fireworks a week or two in advance, watch a video of a fireworks display, or create a social story to prepare for the event.
Pack bug spray
Bugs can be pesky and unpredictable!
One of my favorite memories of watching the fireworks was walking to the local park, getting a seat on the grass near our neighbors, and collectively, “oohing,” and, “aahing,” over every beautiful flash and thunderous boom. Do you have a favorite fireworks memory? I hope you’ll enjoy creating memories with your loved ones this year at a local Festival Foods Fireworks event!