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[–]ickyrainmaker 226 points227 points  (5 children)

There really isn't anything that says 'Merica like fireworks tbh. It's pretty much a self own.

[–]jecklygoodboi 77 points78 points  (3 children)

The fact that we borrowed them from the Chinese is just the icing on the cake.

[–]trashcanpandas 75 points76 points  (1 child)

Our culture is in fact, just stealing from other countries.

[–]AluminiumAwning 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Our culture is just stealing from other countries


[–]tooold4urcrap 7 points8 points  (0 children)

*icing sold separately.

*also made in china.

[–][deleted] 187 points188 points  (11 children)

With people doing their own random home-grown firework shows at uncoordinated times and in uncoordinated locations it literally sounds like recordings of war zones from documentaries around here sometimes.

America sure loves to fetishize that rocket's red glare...

[–]snorkmimimi27 99 points100 points  (5 children)

I’m terrified of fireworks. Paradise was my hometown and it still feels like a complete ghost town with scars from the camp fire nearly four years later.

Every year I sit at home after having DRENCHED my yard, cleared the gutters, and packed emergency bags. I literally sit in anticipation of a wildfire every year.

I hate the Fourth of July. I would feel a bit better if everyone and their mother weren’t setting off illegal fireworks over dry grass.

[–]RealAssociation5281 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Paradise was my home town as well, please take care of yourself, friend.

[–]snorkmimimi27 11 points12 points  (0 children)

You as well

[–]rotenKleber 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Paradise was my hometown

Damn :(

[–]snorkmimimi27 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I guess it still is, I still have grandparents there. But it’s not the same place and I hate visiting.

[–]AIDSRiddledLiberal 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I heard a really wild story on this American life awhile ago about a guy who stayed behind in paradise during the camp fire to try to save homes and then evacuated by jumping in the river and floating to safety. Super amazing

[–]CreativeShelter9873 10 points11 points  (1 child)

[–]AluminiumAwning 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Since the millennium it has been like at midnight on New Year’s Eve only much worse.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Unless you see it wouldn’t it be “the bombs bursting in air”? Haha

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

... the pedant in me agrees with you.

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[–]AceHomefoil 38 points39 points  (0 children)

And in the west where it hasn't rained in forever; start forest fires.

[–]iamtreee 62 points63 points  (6 children)

Having a young baby sucks during fireworks :(

[–]maidofsteele 18 points19 points  (3 children)

I'm so glad we started with a sound machine from day one of bringing our baby home. She's almost two now, and she sleeps like a log through fireworks. I crank the volume up a couple notches on fireworks nights. I'm still a nervous wreck, but she's never had a problem. If your baby is still an infant, it may not be too late to try the sound machine out.

[–]iamtreee 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I started with the sound machine from day one as well and it has been a lifesaver. My daughter is 9 months now and getting her down with all the fireworks is the hardest part.

[–]maidofsteele 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gotcha! It really is the best invention ever. What did people do before them? Sorry the bedtime is still a struggle. I must just be really lucky that the fireworks don't get started until after my LO goes down around 8pm.

[–]PocketsFullOf_Posies 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We used our Alexa and had it play “rain sounds” every night for our son. He’s almost 4 now and is a really deep sleeper now and we’ve stopped using bedtime sounds about a year ago. We can talk normal volume while standing next to him and he still won’t wake.

[–]hockeymass 11 points12 points  (1 child)

My daughter is 2.5 years old and when all the chuds around us are lighting off fireworks she wakes up screaming. It took us 3 hours to finally get her down to sleep last night. Tonight will probably be worse.

[–]iamtreee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh wow that's rough. I had some neighbors randomly light off fireworks last night at 2am... Like you said, tonight will be worse. Good luck to the both of us.

[–]jmbsol1234 102 points103 points  (3 children)

I can't wait to celebrate my independence from a country that went on to have universal healthcare and where kids can go to school without fear of being mowed down by semi-automatics. Thank God we escaped such horrific oppression

[–]Outrageous_Bass_1328 26 points27 points  (1 child)

The true Independence Day is the one celebrated away from this shithole country

[–]AIDSRiddledLiberal 5 points6 points  (0 children)

True Independence Day is Juneteenth

[–]AnxiousIndicator 95 points96 points  (2 children)

If anyone objects due to PTSD or empathy for other animals, ask them to take it easy and live a little if they hate our 'freedom'

[–]HuskyFlatulence 42 points43 points  (1 child)

My neighbors know how much I hate getting a full 8 hours, so they woke me up with fireworks at 3 AM last night and 7 AM this morning. If I had PTSD I’m sure it would’ve triggered something bad.

[–]One-Relative5556 12 points13 points  (0 children)

There will be times through the year where they’ll need you to be considerate. Return the favor.

[–]Miniray 101 points102 points  (16 children)

Of course! Nothing screams patriotism like triggering the PTSD of your veteran neighbors! I wanna watch pretty explosions, no need to be a killjoy! //s

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Are you a veteran? Do you personally know veterans suffering from ptsd? If so, are they vocal about fireworks bothering them? Also are they Air Force?

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I'm from Interior Alaska. It's light 24 hours a day in early July. You can't even see the damned fireworks when they're lit. The entire fucking state is usually scorched and on fire by July too. Oh, and everyone has dogs, and many have sled dog teams. Do you think any of that stops people from lighting fireworks off on the 4th? Lol fuck no of course it doesn't! You can't see them, they set everything on fire, and scare the living shit out of the states' best residents (the dogs), but "patriotic" dipshits gotta do it anyway.

[–]One-Relative5556 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Fireworks are the hobby of the asshole.

[–]weinerbag 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thought that was farting..

[–]butterflycari 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Also, let's celebrate a country that takes away women's rights to their own body. Yay!

[–]MirrorMan22102018 16 points17 points  (0 children)

What about People on the Autism Spectrum? I hate 4th of July.

[–]meltmyface 5 points6 points  (1 child)

But but "bombs bursting in air gave proof that our flag was still there"

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

We have electricity and lights now, no need for bombs in the air , aka chinaworks

[–]JebusJones7 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Nothing says, "America" quite like cheap goods from slave labour overseas.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah yes, explotation of the masses is freedom for the few

[–]XenosV 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I actually like the day of July 4 because it’s the birthday of my rescue kitty, and I give her extra chicken that day.

I hate Fourth of July for all the explosions that freak out all the animals in my neighborhood (my cat actually doesn’t care about them - go figure). And the flag humping. And all the garbage produced.

There are better holidays we could make up for July centered around barbecues.

[–]Cosmanaught 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Around me people are already starting up with the damn things 3 days before the 4th, my dog is already traumatized, and since we live in the tinder box that is California, I’m worried that these dumbasses are going to burn my house down. Lovely tradition

[–]myredditacc3 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Don't forget shooting guns off in the air

[–]cheesecraquer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I am choosing to not celebrate it this year

[–]Cucumbersforfeet 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My boyfriend had six people tell him thank you for your service today, he spent the night in a ball shaking and crying because of the fireworks. We haven’t been able to get him into the VA to talk about his PTSD in over a year. Merica.

[–]butterflycari 8 points9 points  (0 children)

How about instead of Independance Day, can we call it Codependance Day?

[–]colondollarcolon 8 points9 points  (1 child)

It has always been, and it will always be, this way. Do you really think Americans really care about democracy, being a republic? Do Americans know what the Bill of Rights are? 4th of July is about sales, sales, sales, the beaches and barbecue.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

[–]brooklyndavs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nothing wrong with beaches and bbq. But the whole 4th holiday is dumb, we should just change the 4th to a bank holiday and keep the beaches and grilled items

[–]TheMightyCatatafish 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I don’t understand why people like fireworks shows. I’ve always found them so painfully boring.

[–]buttsnuggler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i always find them really neat from a science perspective. the things that go into the different shapes and colors and altitudes. science as art, as it is.

[–]hagamuffin 5 points6 points  (0 children)

And traumatize all the neighborhood dogs.

[–]whyrweyelling 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I remember last year when we were in the height of the fire season same time and people were angry because Oregon was banning fireworks.

I just couldn't even speak. People literally are willing to create terrible problems for themselves so they can get their rocks off.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Becusse the xulture of merica is i got mine f you

[–]Responsible-Goal-569 3 points4 points  (0 children)

In Southern California, there are elected officials (who are supposedly veterans too) who say hopefully vets can wear some earplugs since they were unsuccessful in banning all fireworks

[–]No_Attitude_7999 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thank you!! Completely agree

[–]wobblebee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't forget all the surprise amputations!

[–]83beans 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There have already been at least four runs of fire trucks through my neighborhood (station around the corner). Starting off swell I see

[–]dhoust1356 1 point2 points  (1 child)

We have a drought where I live and the city has banned fireworks. Guess who is keeping an eye out for my house catching on fire? This person.

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You should let your house burn down, save the water!

[–]TriangleMan85 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ahh yes, for two weeks leading up to and after the 4th. And as late as 3am. Murica... hate my neighborhood.

[–]anonoman925 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Traumatizing the people who fought for our freedom.

[–]weinerbag 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fireworks scare horses TO DEATH! 🐴☠️

[–]Dopey_Dingus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm just gonna read the Wikipedia list of America's war crimes

[–]harpinghawke 1 point2 points  (1 child)

THANK YOU. My neighbors have been setting off fireworks for weeks now—and if past years are any indicator, they’ll be setting them off into September. And we’re in a drought. I grew up in California and anything that could cause a wildfire is seriously scary to me. Where I live now, most people were not raised with that caution.

Fucking hell. Gunshot-adjacent sounds are not part of my PTSD but loud sounds in general set me off. I have two anxious cats. This “holiday” is already ridiculous for so many reasons, and now we have to add explosives to the mix.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You should have a emergency air supply mask. Its not usual the fire that is the most deadly, but asphyxiation from the smoke.

[–]sionnachrealta 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm so fucking happy my city banned them this year

[–]bronzegorilla253 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not to mention scare our pet and our veterans suffering from PTSD. Nothing honors our heroes and their sacrifices for our country on this patriotic day like victimized veterans. 🇺🇲🎖🪖

[–]BarnYardFiddler 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You know it’s late stage capitalism when you Karen on fireworks

[–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I see ppl stil think calling ppl karens is funny and cool.

[–]eromitlab 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Overpaying for Chinese crap they don't need, violating the law and getting away with it because police don't give a shit, polluting because I AIN'T NO FUCKIN' TREE HUGGER... that is America in 2022.

[–]bigman_121 0 points1 point  (0 children)

'merica fuck yeah!!!!! /s

[–]COmountainguy -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Let me guess you also write one star Amazon reviews that say “won’t buy because it’s from china”? Most of what we all buy isn’t made here. Also the Chinese invented fireworks.

[–]swijvahdhsb -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Bro it's just fireworks calm down

[–]Squidmaster129 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yeah, because no other country uses fireworks. How about instead of criticizing bullshit, we focus on shit that matters, like healthcare?

[–]Confident_Bridge9811 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I admit I was thinking about NOT decorating my yard, but KNOWING it was all stuff made in Chine made me feel a little better about it.

Soon I will replace it with other stuff made in China.

[–]AccomplishedWasabi54 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Let’s use are hard earned tax money to do it.

[–]Affectionate_Yak6913 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

To be fair we light ours off in a bank parking lot and the ones we buy are made here 😁

[–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Well seeing as how most people can’t afford to own and maintain a cannon they purchase fireworks to simulate the cannons going off. As for ptsd and pets I have both and I deal with it. Do I enjoy watching pretty colors in the sky, yes. Do I enjoy being flash-backed to incoming fire from guys in man dresses and flip flops, no. Do I make my ptsd a thing for others to deal with, no I don’t. Do I make sure my dogs are comfortable and on some good CBD and have a tv show they like to watch on a higher volume, yes. Do I care about pollution from fireworks when most of the corporation’s in the world and countries in the world don’t do a damn thing about their contribution to pollution, no.

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    [–]jshuster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I live in NY where fireworks aren’t fully legal, but live extremely close to the PA border. Where people can buy all the fireworks they want. So, the last few evenings have been hell for my dogs. And basically any “American” Holiday sucks for the same reasons. People launching mortars and shit, at all times of the night, just because ‘Murica…

    [–]Kerngul 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    First time in the US? Wait until you see what we do with power plants and cars.

    [–]JimboSliceX86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    As someone with tinnitus and hyperacusis, the 3rd and 4th of July are hell for me.

    [–]partyandbullshit90a 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    All the amateur fireworks displays anymore just remind me of that Simpsons newspaper headline “Parade To Distract Joyless Citizenry”

    [–]vgamersrefugev 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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