Independence Day is the day that most U.S. fires occur, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and two out of every five fires on this holiday are caused by fireworks.
These fires range from everything from structures, to fields, to wild land. Fireworks can also cause serious injuries if used inappropriately.
The Highland-Pierron Fire Department offers these safety tips to have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July:
▪ Never use fireworks indoors.
▪ Always supervise children who may use fireworks.
▪ Never consume alcohol when using fireworks.
▪ Never trust fireworks that fail to go off.
▪ Have a fire extinguisher nearby.
▪ Use fireworks only in a safe area, away from vehicles and buildings.
▪ Never aim fireworks at others.
▪ Be aware of the path of fireworks when using bottle rockets and roman candles
▪ Wear fire-retardant gloves when holding sparklers.
▪ Call 911 in the event injuries occur or to report a fire.
Highland Area Fireworks Displays
The city of Highland, with the help of many local businesses and organizations, will again be hosting a celebration with fireworks in Glik Park on July 4. The fireworks display begins at dusk, but the fun starts at 4 p.m., with free inflatables for the kids, great food, fun and fellowship. Coolers will not be permitted in the park.
The annual Fourth of July fireworks display will go off at the Alhambra Park on Saturday, July 4, with the fireworks beginning as soon as it gets dark. This is a free event for the entire family. Free-will donations will be taken at each entrance to the park. Snack foods will be available for purchase.
The annual Independence Day celebration at Rustic Acres will be held July 4 with fireworks at 9 p.m.
The Fourth Fest will be held at Patriot’s Park at the intersection of State Routes 127 and 140. The event will begin at 5 p.m., and fireworks will go off around dusk, approximately 9 p.m. For more information, contact Kingsbury Park District at (618) 664-4969.
Fireworks begin at dusk at Tri-Township Park. Bring your family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs and enjoy the fabulous display hosted by the city of Troy. Vendors will be available to purchase snacks. Raffle tickets will be sold by the Lions Club, with proceeds go to the K-9 unit of the Troy Police Department.
Lenjo’s Tavern, 209 Pocahontas St., will have a fireworks display on July 3 at dusk.