4th Of July- Celebrations That Bring The Boom!

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
 Despite the high water conditions of this spring and early summer, Warsaw is ready to celebrate the birth of the United States with The Drake Harbor Fireworks Experience on July 6.  Fireworks can be viewed from Drake Harbor and the downtown Warsaw Area, M. K White Park and levee trails.  Live music will start at 2 PM on Main and Benton Streets.  Food and drinks will be available at many downtown areas.  Fireworks start at dusk.  Should be a great show.
You can celebrate the 4th of July with the lifeguards at the Warsaw Municipal Pool located at 1009 W. Jackson Street.  The American Legion is sponsoring the pool for the day again like they did for Memorial Day.  All kids 15 and under get in for free and receive a free hotdog and drink with their free entry.  The pool is open from noon until 5 PM on July 4th.
The American Legion Post 217 will have a Fireworks Display on July 4 as well.
R-Bar located at will host a Fireworks display on July 5.
Osage Bluff Marina will also be hosting their annual Fireworks display on July 5.
In celebration of Lincoln’s 150th Anniversary, the City of Lincoln will hold a three day celebration July 4 through July 6.  On Thursday, July 4th in the Lincoln City Park at 7:30 AM there will be a 5K Run – Devon’s Beat Route sponsored by the LHS Junior Class.  Then at 9 AM there will be a parade in the City Park area. 
At 10 AM the VFW will conduct the Opening Ceremony.  Also at 10 AM, noon and 2 PM there will be a Mozarkite Hunt sponsored by the Mozarkite Society.
At 10:30 AM there will be a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament organized by Dexter Dunkin and a Whiffle ball Tournament sponsored by the VFW at the softball field.
All day wristbands will be sold for $5 for children to play in various inflatables.
At 1 PM there will be a Casting Contest for all ages sponsored by the LHS Fishing Team.
A Nail Driving Contest will be held at 2 PM organized by the Eifert family.  Next at 2:30 PM will be a Straw Bale Bucking Contest organized by the Eckhoff family.  Then at 3 PM there will be a Backseat Driver Contest organized by Rick Renno.
A Baby Contest will take place at 4:30 PM followed by Youth Games on the baseball field organized by the Eichler family.
Turtle Races for children 3 to 14 will beheld at 5 PM followed by a Bicycle Race.
At 5:30 there will be a Hot Dog Eating contest followed by a Marshmallow Eating Contest for those 3 to 6 years old.
The Three-Legged Race, Egg Toss and Water Balloon Fight will be held for kids 3 to 14.
From 3 to 5 PM Lawrence Harms will perform in the Beer Garden followed by the Cedar Creek Band from 8 PM to 12 AM.
Fireworks will start at 9:30 PM with Calliope Music by Fred Gruhn.
Lincoln’s celebration will continue on Friday at 10 AM, 12 PM and 2 PM with Cow Pattie Bingo sponsored by the LHS FFA in the 4-H Pavilion.
The Ozark Hellbenders will take on the Warsaw Warriors at 6 PM in a baseball game.
There will be fireworks again at 9:30 PM followed by a family friendly outdoor movie at the baseball field.
On Saturday, July 6, there will be an All School Reunion at the First baptist Church Foster Hall from 7 AM until 10 AM.
There will also be a pie contest at 10 AM at the Lincoln City Park near the shelter house.  Pie will be sold by the slice after the contest.
A Car Show organized by Marlon Hammond will be held at 10 AM at Hare Field.
From 11 AM until 1 PM, Abe Lincoln will visit and pose for pictures at City Hall.
There will be a Horse Show at 2 PM at the 4-H FFA Arena.
Visitors can enjoy the music of Barry Rigby from 3 until 4 PM and the music of the Bob Rigby Band from 4 PM until 7 PM.
Dirt Road Addiction will perform from 8 PM until 12 AM.
There will be more fireworks at 9:30.
In 2018, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds (67%) of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 1,200 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers.
Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires.
If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:
·Never allow young children to handle fireworks
·Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
·Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
·Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eye wear
·Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
·Never light them indoors
·Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
·Never point or throw fireworks at another person
·Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
·Never ignite devices in a container
·Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
·Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
·Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire
·Never use illegal fireworks
Better yet, grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the fireworks show.  There are plenty of fireworks shows around the county to chose.  HAPPY FOURTH!