Kowall encourages a safe and happy Fourth of July

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LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall on Monday wished area residents a happy and safe Fourth of July.

“Independence Day is one of the great American holidays,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “On this day we celebrate our freedom and we remember what it cost our forebears to secure it for us.”

Kowall encouraged residents to participate in Fourth of July activities, such as their local parades and picnics. He also reminded them of other traditions.

“One popular tradition is for communities and volunteers to place American flags on the graves of veterans as a tribute to our fallen heroes and in remembrance of the true cost of freedom,” Kowall said. “I encourage everyone to join with their community and celebrate the liberty we hold dear.”

Kowall also stressed the importance of safety during Fourth of July celebrations.

“Whether you are celebrating at a picnic or parade, on a river or a lake, or enjoying a big fireworks display or your own fireworks, safety should be your first priority,” Kowall said. “If you are out in the summer sun and heat, make sure to apply sunscreen — especially on children — and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.”

The lawmaker said if you are using your own fireworks, you should obey all local laws regarding their use.

“Always use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles,” he said. “Keep a bucket of water nearby, and do not experiment with homemade fireworks.”

These tips and others can be found at FireworksSafety.org.