July 4th fireworks ready to explode

Staff report

SIDNEY — The fireworks are going to be exploding over Sidney for the annual Fourth of July celebration.

Sidney American Legion Post 217 has joined the list of sponsors for this year’s July 4th fireworks display, Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst announced recently.

“This is the second year the members of Post 217 have been sponsors,” said Barhorst. “As we made plans for this year’s event, the members were not certain that they would have the funds to be a participant. As it turned out, they did, and we are delighted that they will again be part of helping to sponsor this great local tradition.”

“We are glad that we are able to help again this year,” American Legion Post 217 Commander Rick Lunsford stated. “Veterans have a long tradition of giving back to the community, and helping to celebrate this great American holiday is something we are pleased to be able to do.”

Other sponsors of the event this year include Wilson Health, Emerson Climate Technologies, Buckeye Ford, and NK Telco, all Arial Sponsors ($2,500), as well as S&S Hospitality Management and Realty 2000 as Sparkler Sponsors ($1,000).

“Our community is truly blessed to have civic-minded partners who have stepped forward to help grow this annual tradition,” Barhorst stated. “I hope that all those who enjoy the fireworks will take the time to thank the sponsors for their generosity to the community,” Barhorst said.

The traditional fireworks display will be held on Monday, July 4, in Sidney at 980 Fair Road (Sidney Middle School). As has been past practice, the city of Sidney will continue to provide in-kind services for this event by way of site inspection, fire protection during the exhibit, traffic control and help provide for the safety and welfare of the residents, before, during and after the event. The fireworks exhibit is scheduled to being at 10 p.m. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held on July 5 at the same time and location.

“Residents and visitors are reminded that only state licensed exhibitors can display and discharge fireworks,” Sidney Fire Chief Brad Jones said. “The only type of fireworks that can be legally discharged by the public are trick and novelty devices; which include items that smoke, sparkle, snap and snake. These devices should only be used by adults, or children who are under adult supervision.”

“These devices do get hot enough to ignite clothing and cause burn injuries,” Jones said. “We encourage their use only with caution so that everyone can enjoy a safe and happy holiday.”

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