Wow! Oooooo! Aaaaaahhhhh! 4th of July fireworks never grow old! And we’ve been enjoying them for more than 200 years. Fireworks lit up the Philadelphia night sky as our nation celebrated its first year of independence from England on July 4, 1777. And they continue to light up the night sky all across the United States to celebrate our independence and the birth of our grand nation. Communities all over the United States proudly display their patriotism to honor our nation’s birthday with fireworks and a host of activities.
Enjoy this 4th of July in Genuine Frontier Style
- Fort Laramie National Historic Site – You can celebrate the 4th of July at Old Fort Laramie from 9:30am to 5:15pm. The fort invites you, your family, and friends to enjoy a day packed with fun-filled activities. Admission is free, but you’ll want to bring money along to purchase root beer, sarsaparilla, crème soda, and birch beer.
- Fort Laramie, WY – The Fort Laramie Volunteer Fire Department puts on one of the most spectacular fireworks displays around! This long-standing tradition starts at 9pm.
- Guernsey, WY – 4th of July events start today, July 3rd in Guernsey. There’s a 3-on-3 BB Tournament at 7am, and a Street Dance from 8pm to 1am. At 7:30am on the 4th of July, you can enjoy a free pancake breakfast with more activities to follow. Fireworks begin at 9pm.
Don’t Forget to Practice Fireworks Safety for You
Here are the recommended safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety site:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
Fireworks Safety for Our Pets
- Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
- If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
- Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
- Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.
How will you celebrate this 4th of July, America’s 242nd birthday? If you choose to spend your day at the Fort Laramie Historic Site, Fort Laramie, or Guernsey, please come visit us. Call Arnold and Kathy Tollefson of Fort Laramie Bed and Breakfast at (307) 532-6496. Make reservations to stay with us or simply enjoy some Cowboy fixin’s. It would be an honor to serve you and celebrate our nation’s independence together!
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