By Sheriff Scott Henriod

Fourth of July, one of the Nations favorite holidays, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Towns and cities across the Nation will celebrate with rodeos, parades, carnivals, fairs, picnics, family reunions, and to top it all off, the fireworks.  

The organization that puts on the fireworks display for our county are experts in their field and take every precaution to make sure it’s done in a safe manner. This fireworks show is the only legal fireworks that can be set off in the county. All other fireworks are illegal to possess or discharge. Under City Code 7-5-1 and County Code 10.16.010 they prohibit the use or possession of any fireworks, which also includes sparklers. The fine for possession of fireworks is $250.00 plus court fees and administration fees. With all the rain that we have had this spring and summer there has been a lot of grass and foliage growth. The fire danger is very high this year and to be messing around with fireworks could cause a serious problem if a fire was to start from setting one off.  So keeping these deterrents in mind let’s let the experts put on the fireworks show.  So let’s sit back and enjoy the activities that our county has to offer this year and make sure you take a little time to recognize what the Fourth of July represents.