Fireworks will be going off across the area throughout the week but the pros put their stuff on display on Tuesday, July 4, in Carthage's Municipal Park.
Fireworks will be going off across the area throughout the week but the pros put their stuff on display on Tuesday in Carthage's Municipal Park.
Red, White and Boom, Carthage's big public fireworks display is scheduled for after sundown, likely around 9:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 4.
“Citizens and visitors alike are encouraged to bring family and friends to Carthage Municipal Park on historic Route 66 to enjoy the traditional festivities,” The Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau said. “The event opens at 4 pm with vendors in the park including: Bearly Wrapped, Shaved Ice The Popcorn Guy, Jack's Ice Cream, and Pineapple Bliss.”
People are invited to come early to the park, find your favorite spot on the golf course or anywhere else around the park and settle in for a day of family fun.
Remember that fireworks are prohibited in the park itself.
Bring a radio to tune to 95.1 MIKE FM for patriotic music to accompany the display.
Fireworks can be discharged by individuals in Carthage starting on June 30.
City ordinance says fireworks can be shot off in town from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. June 30-July 3 and the same time on July 5. On Independence Day, the time for shooting fireworks is 9 a.m.-1 a.m. July 5.
Fireworks stands opened in Carthage on June 20.
Carthage Fire Chief Roger Williams said the area has seen plenty of rain this Spring, and we may see even more rain over the weekend, so dry grass and brush shouldn't be a problem this year as it has been in the past.
“People need to be careful because some things dry out quickly,” Williams said. “You can shoot anything in Carthage that you can buy in one of the fireworks tents in Carthage. You need to respect your neighbor's property though. There's the possibility of dropping a rocket on your neighbor's roof, then it coming into contact with dry leaves in a gutter or somewhere. Just be courteous, be careful, follow directions and be sure there's a responsible adult out when children are close ot fireworks.
Safety on the road
The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages people to have a safe Fourth and be courteous and careful on the roads and the waterways.
Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said in 2016, five people were killed and 565 injured in Missouri over the holiday in 1,370 traffic crashes. Over the 2016 July Fourth holiday, troopers arrested 121 people for driving while intoxicated.
The 2017 counting period for the Independence Day holiday will be from 6 p.m., Friday, June 30, to 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, July 4.
The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) over the July Fourth holiday weekend.
“All available officers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways enforcing Missouri’s traffic laws in addition to being available to assist motorists,” the Patrol said. “There is never a good reason to drive over the speed limit. There is always a good reason to wear your seat belt. Drinking and driving don’t mix. Remember: Statutes direct motorists to drive with the highest degree of care. Please be a courteous driver and follow all traffic laws.”
Troopers throughout the state will participate in a 20-Mile Trooper enforcement project on Friday, June 30, and Tuesday, July 4, 2017. As part of this special enforcement project, troopers will patrol a 20-mile length of interstate or designated highway and make every effort to be a visible enforcement presence. The 20-Mile Trooper project will take place on I-44 and U.S. Highway 60 in Southwest Missouri as well as interstates 29, 55, and 70, and U.S. Highways 63 in other parts of the state. Troopers will target all traffic violators and being especially vigilant of aggressive driving violations.
Motorists who need assistance or who witness criminal activity while traveling on Missouri’s roadways can contact the nearest Highway Patrol troop headquarters by calling the Patrol Emergency Report Line at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. Motorists may call 1-888-275-6636 to check for road construction along their travel route.
Safety on the water
Colonel Karsten also reminds the public that the Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest boating holidays of the year. In 2016, there were 11 boating crashes, which included seven injuries and no fatalities. One person drowned during last year's July Fourth holiday. Troopers made 11 boating while intoxicated arrests in 2016.
Troopers will be working on the state’s waterways to enforce Missouri’s boating laws and assist where needed. Missouri’s boaters are asked to do their part by remaining alert for other boats and swimmers, and being courteous on the water. With more boats on the water, it is even more important to pay attention when operating your vessel.
• Distractions and alcohol consumption slow reaction time.
• Pay attention to other boats and watercraft.
• Make evasive maneuvers early and deliberately.
• Be responsible with your wake.
The many firework displays after dark attract many more boaters at night.
At night, remember to:
• Check your vessel’s navigation lights before heading out, and be sure to have spare bulbs on board.
• Avoid overloading your boat with too many passengers. This can cause the boat to become swamped and affect the handling of the boat.
• Observe Missouri’s nighttime speed limit of 30 miles per hour on the water.
• Slow down and take your time. Nighttime crashes tend to involve more serious injuries and damage, due to the lack of visibility.
Finally, it is illegal to discharge fireworks from a vessel, so leave them in a safe place on shore.