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Why I Hate the 4th of July as an Autistic Person

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The 4th of July is one of my least favorite holidays. One of my autistic sensory issues is my hatred of loud noises. In fact, it was one of the earliest signs of my autism.

Whenever there was a thunderstorm or even a hint that one might be on the horizon, child me would be terrified. I would have so much anxiety over the loud, unpredictable noises and would often just end up throwing up until it was over.

I am still trying to get over my fear of thunderstorms, but I have gotten better. Fireworks are another story. The 4th of July poses its own set of problems, both sensory-wise and social-wise.

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