Here's how Carthage will celebrate America's Independence on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

The season of Independence is here and the annual summer rituals, Fourth of July fireworks and family celebrations, has begun in Carthage and across the country.

Remember, on July 4, people can discharge fireworks legally in Carthage from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. July 5.

Fireworks are legal from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, then it's time to put them away for another year.

Safety first

Carthage Fire Marshall Ryan Huntley said the weather has been dry this Spring, and even though some rain has fallen in the days before Independence Day, people should still be aware of where their fireworks are flying and make sure they are extinguished when they land.

“You need to make sure when you're shooting fireworks where they're going, make sure you know where they land,” Huntley said. “You've got structures, roofs, you've got gutters that could have dry leaves in them. Just landing up next to a house where someone has landscaping that may have some dry leaves, anything like that, you need to know where you're shooting it and what direction, where it's landing. Just shooting fireworks irresponsibly and letting them fly over neighbors houses and into neighborhoods is not a good idea wet or dry.”

Huntley said people also need to pay attention to the firework itself and make sure an adult is watching when children are shooting fireworks.

“Every firework will do something a little different,” Huntley said. “Some of them will burn after they've landed, some explode before they even get off the ground, so you've got to pay attention to each one of them individually.”


Red, White and Boom run

The 19th annual Red White and Boom Run, to benefit the Erick Grove Scholarship Fund, is slated for Wednesday at Carthage Memorial Park. Check in time is 6 a.m. and the run starts at 7 p.m.

Cost is $25 and trophies will be handed out for top three finishers in the 5K in several different age categories.

Call Brian Crigger at 359-7050 or email him at for more details.


Day of the Bible parade

The Carthage Hispanic Churches will host their fifth annual Day of the Bible Parade starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 on the Carthage Square.

The parade will proceed south on Grant, then south on Grand to Centennial, west on Centennial to Baker, then south on Baker to the Iglesia de Jordan church, 1705 S. Baker Boulevard.

Participants will be marching, singing and praying to thank God for the Bible and America on America's birthday.


Red, White and Boom

The city of Carthage's professional fireworks display will be held, as is tradition, on Wednesday, July 4, at the Carthage Municipal Golf Course, with a full day of activities organized by the Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

“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 p.m. with vendors in the park including: Bearly Wrapped, Snowie shaved ice, The Popcorn Guy, Jack's Ice Cream, Pineapple Bliss, Cochinita Mexican Street Food and Prime Cut Barbecue.”

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. The big display will start after dark, usually between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Personal fireworks are prohibited in the park itself.

The fireworks display can be postponed one day because of bad weather at the Carthage fire chief's discretion, but if the display can't be shot off on July 5, it will be cancelled.

Bring a radio to tune to 95.1 MIKE FM for patriotic music to accompany the display.


Kiddieland and the Pool

Kiddieland and the Carthage Municipal Pool will both be open prior to Red, White and Boom's 4 p.m., start, depending on the weather.

The pool opens at noon on Wednesday and will remain open until 6 p.m. Admission is $2 for children ages 4-16 and $3 ages 16 and up.

Kiddieland will also be open on Independence Day from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets for the rides are 50 cents each.

Kiwanis Club President Bill Barksdale said Kiddieland might close if it is raining or it's too hot for the Kiwanis Club volunteers to stand for three hours.