The countdown begins—Fourth of July is only a week away! ????

Pink fireworks in the sky

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Although we love watching sparks fly on the Fourth, fireworks can be extremely dangerous. How about trying something new this holiday by testing out one of these seven equally satisfying firework alternatives?

C’mon let’s make the night sparkle and boom all on our own.

1. Glow Sticks

Glow sticks are the easiest—and most fun—way to light up the sky. Deck out your outfit and yard with glow sticks and shine bright the entire night. You can get a whole batch of them HERE.

Rainbow glow sticks

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2. Glow-in-the-Dark Bubbles

The sky will still be bursting with color when you send these glow-in-the-dark bubbles floating off into the night. All you need is dish soap, water and glow-in-the-dark paint and you’re good to go. Full instructions on how to make these can be found HERE.

DIY glow in the dark bubbles

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3. L.E.D. Balloons

In our opinion, this is one of the easiest ways to create a colorful spectacle. Simply insert an L.E.D. light into a balloon before you blow it up, and then say hello to your new floating orb! Decorate your house with them or take them outside and tie some to your wrist. Check out more details HERE.

DIY L.E.D. balloons

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4. DIY Galaxy Jars

You’ll have the most out-of-this-world light display on the Fourth if you create one of these vibrant galaxy mason jars ⭐️. Paint however many mason jars you want with a variety of glow-in-the-dark fabric paints, and tote these things outside to act as your personal lantern. The step-by-step instructions for making these can be found HERE.

DIY Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars

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5. DIY Confetti Launchers

Half the fun of fireworks is watching them explode in the sky. Recreate the poppin’ sensation without all the noise, using these DIY confetti launchers. Your ears and eyes will thank you for this raining confetti! Find out how to make these HERE.

DIY Confetti Launchers

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6. Glow-in-the-Dark Silly String

We would encourage you to buy glow-in-the-dark silly string even if it wasn’t almost Fourth of July weekend. Blast your friends and family with this neon spray and make your backyard radiate with light. Buy some HERE!

Glow in the dark silly string

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7. Popping Firecracker Goop

You can’t end the night with out a big bang, so why not whip up some of this DIY popping firecracker goop? Sounds interesting, right? It’s literally a big blob of goop infused with Pop Rocks! Squeeze it, squish it and listen to it crackle. So. Much. Fun. Instructions for making this goo can be found HERE.

Poprock DIY cracking goop

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Are you ready for your best star-spangled weekend yet? Why not try celebrating this year with a party? Check out THESE tips for throwing the ultimate pool bash.