Safety is a main concern for families this Fourth of July. However, it's not just about fireworks.
It’s heat-related emergencies, which can and do tend to happen in these extreme temperatures.
WAAY 31 talked to folks who came out to see the fireworks and learned what they did to beat the heat.
“We’re out here to have some family fun, watch the fireworks, and just enjoy an evening, play some games, and have a picnic," said Tammy Rex.
Rex says this is the second year she and her family have come out to watch the fireworks show put on by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
She says this year will be a little different.
“We were a little unprepared last year. It was hot and the kids got a little cranky, so this year, we decided to bring a picnic," Rex said. "She actually also went and got some portable, battery-operated fans for the kids.”
“Looks like we’re going on a trip," added Brittany Harrell.
And that’s not all. The group also brought tents, umbrellas, and coolers filled with water--something they say is a must during the hot Alabama summer.
“We’re mostly worried about the children," Rex said. "They can get dehydrated very quickly and they can’t let you know it.”
But even if Tammy Rex and Brittany Harrell hadn’t come prepared, thanks to those at Calhoun Community College, there were other options to stay hydrated while they waited for the fireworks.
“We took advantage of the shaved ice already," Harrell said.
Both Harrell and Rex say, whether or not they came prepared, they weren’t going to let the heat ruin their new family tradition.
“We just feel like we want to keep the tradition and teach her children, my grandchildren, what America means," Rex said.
WAAY 31 reached out to emergency crews to see if any heat-related emergencies were reported today, but we still haven’t heard back from them yet. We will keep you updated as we learn more.