Have nowhere to go on the Fourth of July? Head on over to the Paris Fairgrounds and watch the city’s annual display. The fireworks will be shot off right after dark (approximately 8:37 p.m.) and the fairgrounds will be open to the public to come watch, according to Sheriff David Hoffman.
“We never have a time for sure. It’s always right after dark. We just have to make sure it’s dark enough so we can shoot them,” said Hoffman. Hoffman will be assisting Gary Tawney and family set off the fireworks. Tawney is the man in charge and takes yearly classes on fireworks to make the annual display possible.
Hoffman reported that Paris ordinance states that, “Fireworks can be shot seven days prior to and three days after the 4th. This is from June 27 to July 7. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 10 p.m., except for the 4th and that’s 10:00 a.m. to midnight.” So if your planning your own Independence Day extravaganza, be mindful of the time limits.
Also be mindful of safety this holiday. The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends that people follow these safety tips:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
Sheriff Hoffman also suggests to never shoot fireworks at each other. “Throwing bottle rockets back and forth are all fun and games until someone gets an eye put out. Also, people need to be cognizant of the loud noises fireworks make. Not only for animals that it may scare, but also for people who suffer from PTSD.”
The Fire Department will be on call that night and will also be at the fairgrounds in case of an emergency.
Whether you are celebrating with your closest friends and family, or cheering on the city’s display, The Pariscope wishes you a wonderful 4th of July. Please, just be safe and remember that this holiday is more about fireworks, its about the creation of our great country.