4th Of July- Celebrations That Bring The Bang

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
 Celebrations for the birth of the U.S.A. will begin in Benton County on Friday, June 29 at the Roadhouse Bar and Grill with a fireworks display then on Saturday, June 30, with the Great Dam Fireworks Experience at the Harry S. Truman Dam in Warsaw.  The rockets will glare between the Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake.  Visitors can watch the spectacular show from either a boat on the lake or the parking lots below HST Dam.   The show will begin at dusk and last for about an hour.
Then on Wednesday, July 4, Lincoln’s Fourth of July celebration will begin.  There will be a full day of fun including a draft horse pull, games, raffle, pedal pull, food and entertainment with a grand fireworks display capping off the day! Events will be held in the Big Park and Mike Hare Park.
The 3 on 3 Basketball  sign up will begin at 11 with the 3 on 3 basketball competition starting at noon.
Pet Registration will begin at 3:30 with the Pet Parade to begin at 4.
The Baby contest registration will begin at 4 PM.  Categories include:  0-6 months girls and boys; 13-18 months girls and boys; 19-24 months girls and boys.  Babies must reside in Benton County.  There is a $5 entry fee for this event.  The Baby Contest will begin at 4:30.
Three Inflatable and six yard games will be available for children at no charge starting at 4 PM. 
Hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, chips, cookies and drinks will be served at the Shelter House starting at 5 PM until 7 PM.  Cost per meal is $5.
The Pedal Pull sponsored by Estes Drive-In will start at 5:30 PM.
Backseat Drivers Contest will be held at 6 PM.  Youth and adult games will start at 6 PM.
Sky Lanterns will be sold for $10.  Launching of Sky Lanterns will be at dusk.
Entertainment by Greg Burkhart’s band Modesto will begin at 5:30 followed by the fireworks display at 9:30 PM.
Another spectacular fireworks display will be at Osage Bluff Marina on July 7 at dusk.  This has become an annual event for Osage Bluff and they welcome everyone on the water or land to come by to view the fireworks starting at dusk. 
On July 14 the Old Oar House Inn will sponsor another fireworks display starting at sunset.
The Division of Fire Safety is reminding Missourians that professional fireworks shows offer the most exciting and entertaining sights – and are the safest way to enjoy fireworks. Across the nation, July 4th is the biggest day of the year for fireworks, and for the most injuries and fires caused by fireworks. “Independence Day weekend is a great time to gather with family and friends and celebrate,” Acting State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell said. “For those who consider fireworks a key part of the celebration, especially families with children, I recommend taking in one of the many free shows conducted by professionals around the state of Missouri. People who are considering using consumer fireworks should weigh the potential risks – injuries and the potential to start a fire – and put safety first. A 2014 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission study of fireworks injuries during the month around July 4 (June 20 - July 20) revealed the following statistics about fireworks injuries across the nation: · Nationally, an average of 230 people went to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. · About 35 percent of fireworks injuries were to children 14 years old and younger. · Smaller fireworks led to the most injuries of any categories of fireworks: firecrackers, 20 percent; sparklers, 19 percent. · Injuries were most common to hands and fingers (36 percent); eyes (19 percent); head, face and ears (19 percent). · Males accounted for almost three times as many of the injured (74 percent) as females (26 percent). (more) Fireworks sales at licensed seasonal retailers are legal in Missouri from June 20 to July 10. Through June 21, the Division of Fire Safety had licensed more than 1,200 seasonal retailers. State permits should be displayed at all seasonal retail locations. Missourians who choose to use consumer fireworks should learn about and comply with any local ordinances related to fireworks, and should follow basic safety practices: · Always keep young children away from fireworks. If teens are permitted to handle fireworks they should be closely supervised by an adult. · Only light one firework at a time; never try to re-light fireworks that have malfunctioned. · Make sure to have a garden hose or a bucket of water nearby in case of a fire. · Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water and leaving them in a trash can. · Only use fireworks in a large open space that has been cleared of flammable materials. Never light fireworks indoors. Never shoot them off in a glass container. · Don’t use fireworks while consuming alcohol. · Always wear eye protection; use earplugs if you have sensitive ears. · Never have any part of your body over fireworks. · Never throw or point fireworks at other people. · Never carry fireworks in your pocket. · Store fireworks in a cool, dry place. Don’t save fireworks from season to season. · Purchase fireworks only from a properly licensed retailer. · Make sure fireworks are legal in your locality before buying them. Anyone with concerns about a fireworks dealer or the types of fireworks being sold by a dealer should call the Division of Fire Safety at (573) 751-2930.
Please remember that fireworks can only be set off within the city limits only on July 4..