Growing up, my grandparents lived out in the country thus out of the city limits.  So, when the 4th of July rolled around we would always go out to their house with our massive package of fireworks.  We'd shoot fireworks off in their middle of their dirt road.   If, and only if we had a good rainy season and not in a drought.  Yes, it was fun. But, we were outside the city limits and it was legal. We were extremely careful.  If they had not have lived outside the city limits it would not have happened because fireworks are illegal inside the city limits.


I know its a fun idea to set off  fireworks, but if you are in the city neighborhood it is a danger to your home and the homes around you.  For the last 6 years someone on the block behind my home constantly set off fireworks on the 4th of July.  I have this fear that one of them is going to land in my backyard and set my weeds on fire.  Then my house will go up in flames.  It isn't a pleasant feeling.

I have seen a ball of fire from a roman candle launch onto our neighbor's roof.  It was scary but luckily it burned out before it caught anything on fire.

So, if you are a homeowner and live in a neighborhood please be respectful to your neighbors and don't set off fireworks in a neighborhood.

Not only is it dangerous, it is also illegal.  I am pretty sure the fire department and police officers dislike this holiday because a lot of the accidents and fires that occur on the 4th of July are preventable by the use of common sense.

Just a reminder, if you are caught with fireworks or setting off  fireworks inside the city limits you could get fined up to $2,000.

Luckily, we live in a city where they provide an amazing fireworks display.

Family fun activities kick off in John Stiff Memorial Park on the 4th of July at 3pm.  The fireworks start at dark.

If you don't want to fight the crowd in the park, you can always find great viewing around the area.

The parking lot at the United at 45th and Bell, Lowe's and Walmart at 45th and Coulter, and Region 16 at Bell and Hillside are great locations to watch.