We decided to let the kids do sparklers in the rain. I poked holes in the bottom of red solo cups for the sparklers to stick out of while the kids put their hands in the cups to hold them. Here are two photos to help explain it better. This was a safer way of holding sparklers and helped me not freak out about the kids playing with them.
My daughter was a little bummed because she couldn't use the 4th of July blanket that I crocheted for her but was happier when she was able to sit with her friends while wearing glow bracelets. It was not a good idea to let the kids take all the glowing objects to bed with them. Our hallway looked like a lame rave because the kids were swinging the bracelets and sticks around. :-)
We skipped summer fun today because of the rain and the holiday. I figured the fireworks would make up for it. :-)
Here is a video of the finale from the Kettering Recreation Complex's FB page.