The Fourth of July may give pleasant images of parties and sun-splashed cookouts, but it’s also a day that violence spikes in some major cities. Large gatherings and sometimes alcohol-influenced decision making drive up the number of shootings, stabbings, and other violent crimes, police say. With July 4th being the kickoff for summer, that’s when police tend to see these incidents occur. Groups of people get together, kids are out of school, and people are on vacation. More people are out to be both victims and perpetrators. Alcohol also tends to be present at large gatherings and that can increase tension and lapses in judgment.
Last year, 82 people were shot — 16 fatally — over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago. Seven people suffered gunshot wounds in Indianapolis that weekend. Six were hurt by gunfire at a music festival in Houston. This is not unique to only big cities, these things can happen in any city big or small.
Justifeyed wants to make sure you and your family enjoy your fourth of July holiday, as well as being aware of your surroundings. Nothing is more important than your family and your life, and being prepared for what might be out there will give you a sense of security while you enjoy your time. Be aware, be safe, and have fun.