The excitement would heighten as children in my neighborhood (back in the day) watched as the red striped “big top” tents were put in place. The circus had come to town — we were thrilled.

Fast-forward to now. The sight of those circuslike big tops only brings dread: ”Oh no, it’s July in Utah!”

Noise and air pollution, fear of fires, thunder coats for our pets … here come the days (daze) of celebrations.

Anne Stringham, Salt Lake City