Happy Independence Day to my readers in the United States.
Independence Day can be a not-so-happy occasion for families with a member who has autism. Many people with autism do not like loud noises. It is possible to prepare and train a person with autism to tolerate fireworks, but it is never a favorite activity for someone like Bil.
I've only watched fireworks with Bil one time. It was up here, one year, and he seemed very anxious the entire time. It was the company picnic for a relative (and yes, it featured fireworks), there were large crowds and, to be honest, I didn't even have that wonderful a time myself.
This blog post has another perspective on the matter.
Many times, smaller is better.