I am not big about 4th of July and heres why. I may sound like an old person lol but the truth is you have no clue that IT DAMAGES YOUR EARS.... I am also afriad of them. This weekend there will be alot of fireworks so in order to prevent "TINNITUS" ( ringing in the ears) I will be using special headphones to protect my ears. Its very important to protect your ears in really noisy environments. Until then I know that my family wont listen to me until the end of the day when there ears are buzzing. Especially for those little ones! Here are a few resources that may help you in how to protect your ears as well as your childrens ears. Here is an excerpt from this website to give you an ideaEffect of loud noise on the inner ear Immediately after long exposure to very loud noise, there are changes in various structures of the inner ear, including the outer hair cells, the bristles of the inner hair cells, and the connections between the nerves and the cells. If the ear is rested for a few days, some of the damaged structures appear to recover, but changes to scattered outer hair cells persists. There is gradual loss of outer hair cells and later, with increasing age, the inner hair cells.