This might sound brutal, but it's true. The last thing we all want to do is tap through a million stories on Instagram or Snapchat stories of the same flash of light and a big boom.

I'm a millennial who posts content on the internet for a living. I completely understand the urge to grab your phone and start recording the second your favorite 4th of July Fireworks show starts. The fireworks are the best part of 4th of July celebrations, we absolutely love them. But that video you want to take, post, and then digitally hoard on your phone, isn't worth it.

For reference, let's think back to last year. Did you take a video of the fireworks show? If the answer is yes, how many times have you gone back and watched that show on your phone?

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For me, the answer is 0. I took a video a few years ago and never looked at it again. It just sits in my phone hogging up space. When I went to clean out my digital clutter, that's when I learned my lesson: that fireworks video is useless to me and I don't need to take them anymore.

I get far more out of just enjoying the fireworks with friends and family, putting the phone down, and soaking in the holiday as it happens.

If you must take photos and videos during the explosives show, might I suggest taking them of the reactions of the people you are enjoying them with? Try to capture the wonder in your child's eyes or the laughter and merriment from your significant other. Take a group selfie in the glow of the firework itself. Those photos are the ones you will cherish so much more than a blurry sparkle in the night sky.

South Dakota 4th of July Celebrations

The 4th of July holds a special place in Americans' hearts and the proof is in the all of the celebrations that go on not only across the country but right here in South Dakota.

This is a very short list of celebrations that we've heard about:

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The Classic 'Must-Have' Fireworks From My Childhood

Believe it or not, I was never a huge fireworks' fan growing up. In fact, I was terrified of them. I liked watching all the different colors light up the sky, however, I was (and to some degree still am) sensitive to the loud noises and big booms. Sometimes I would have to watch fireworks displays from my car. It really became that much of an issue for me.

Now that I am much older, I have overcome my most of fears and enjoy viewing fireworks shoes with my family and friends. Prior to the main event, I light up sparklers and other, smaller fireworks with them to get excited for the rest of the evening's festivities.

I recently looked back at some photos and videos from past 4th of July celebrations that I've experienced. So many great memories were created during these times.

Here are some of the "must-have" fireworks we always had on hand during the 4th of July parties.


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