Area fireworks displays to light up sky Friday

bbashioum@demo-mo.comJuly 3, 2014 

Fireworks light up the sky above Recreation Park in Raymore during the July 4, 2013 “Spirit of America” celebration.

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Raymore’s annual Independence Day celebration, “Spirit of America,” is promising again to feature one of the county’s largest professional fireworks displays on the Fourth of July.

Hosted by the city of Raymore at Recreation Park, 1021 S. Madison, festivities are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Friday, July 4, with a classic car show, followed by outdoor kids’ games at 7 p.m.

Musical entertainment provided by Southtown will also take the stage at 7 p.m. to perform live classic rock and blues tunes.

When the music stops around 9:30 p.m., fireworks will fill the sky with color as a fireworks show illuminates the night.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the park’s concession stand from 4- 9:30 p.m.

Several food vendors will also be on-site during the event, including Kona Ice and Curly’s Q barbecue.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Alcohol is prohibited in the park.

In the event of inclement weather prohibiting the fireworks show on July 4, a Saturday, July 5, make-up day has been scheduled.

The event is sponsored by Community Bank of Raymore and the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club.

Perkins Automotive Service is the sponsor of the event’s classic car show and Raymore Assembly of God is providing the kids’ games.

For more information about the event, call the Raymore Parks and Recreation office at 816-322-2791 or visit www.raymore.com/july4th.

Other fireworks displays scheduled include:

Drexel’s Fireworks

in the Park

Friday, July 4

Location: H.T. Smith Park

Drexel’s 55th annual “Fireworks in the Park” event, sponsored by the city and Lions Club, include a full day of activities and a parade on Main Street at 10:30 a.m. A fireworks show will begin at dusk.

Garden City Fourth of July Celebration

Friday, July 4

Location: New Covenant Fellowship, 30815 S. State Route F.

New Covenant Fellowship will host their annual Fourth of July celebration 7 p.m. July 4.

Activities include kid’s games, dessert contest and potluck before fireworks begin at dusk.

Harrisonville

Independence Day

Celebration

Friday, July 4

Location: City Park

The annual Harrisonville Independence Day celebration will begin at dusk for a 20-minute fireworks display with musical accompaniment.

Other city-sponsored Independence Day activities included a bike parade, open to all ages, at 11 a.m.; open pool from noon-8 p.m.; live entertainment at the Amphitheater at 6 p.m.; and a fireworks pre-show featuring Sterling Witt at 8 p.m.

Pleasant Hill

Fireworks Display

Friday, July 4

Location: Skyline Field

Pleasant Hill will celebrate the Fourth of July with an exhibit at Skyline Field, 1300 Myrtle, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, July 4.

If holiday plans include lighting your own fireworks, the Missouri Division of Fire Safety recommends:

Only purchase fireworks from a properly licensed retailer.

Keep young children away from fireworks.

Make sure to have water nearby in case of fire or an accident.

Always wear eye protection and earplugs (if you have sensitive ears).

Tie back long hair and don’t wear loose-fitting clothes.

Only light one firework at a time.

Never try to relight fireworks that have malfunctioned.

Never have any part of your body over fireworks.

Never throw or point fireworks at other people.

Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water and leaving them in a trash can.

Never light fireworks indoors.

Don’t use fireworks while consuming alcohol.

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place. Don’t save firework from season to season.

Note: Ordinances regarding personal fireworks usage vary from other municipalities throughout the county.

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