One of my favorite holidays is July 4th!  The smell of food on the grill, the concert down by Silver Lake before the fireworks, and of course...the fireworks.  Kids want to get in on the fun too and love to wave those sparklers around making magic in the sky!

Sparklers are fun but they can leave nasty burns on our kids' hands, which can ruin the night of fun very fast.

When my kids were little, I was searching through Pinterest for some easy ways to help keep their little fingers and hands safe.  Lots of great ideas but this one seems to be the easiest.

How To Make A Sparkler Shield


  • Sparklers
  • Large, plastic cup
  • Knife


  • Parents, use a knife or something sharp to cut a hole or slice into the bottom of the plastic cup.
  • Have a child put their hand inside the cup.
  • Take the sparkler and put it through the hole/cut in the cup so that a child can hold the end of the sparkler inside the cup.
  • Light the sparkler...and enjoy!

Wondering where to watch the fireworks this year?  We've got the list of all of the places in Southeast Minnesota here.

Any other great tips for the 4th of July?  I'd love to hear them.  Send me a message on my Facebook page or DM me on Instagram.

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