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Party responsibly

We’ve said it before, but it’s always worth repeating: Don’t let your fun ruin someone else’s.

As we head into the July 4 holiday weekend, many of us will be shooting off fireworks and hosting bonfires and enjoying a brew or two to celebrate our nation’s founding.

But, as we do, it’s important that we remain conscientious of our neighbors.

Don’t shoot off noisy fireworks — or keep a noisy party going — when you know your neighbor is trying to sleep.

And don’t shoot fireworks toward your neighbor’s property, where they could cause damage or start a fire.

Don’t mix alcohol and fireworks, and, of course, don’t drink and drive.

The birth of our nation should be a joyous occasion, and a little courtesy can make sure it stays that way for everyone.

Happy Independence Day!

(THE ALPENA NEWS)