End the weekend with a bangNo Fourth of July weekend would be complete without a variety of fireworks displays. This year, there's no exception to that rule.
By: Sarah Gorvin, The Republican Eagle
No Fourth of July weekend would be complete without a variety of fireworks displays. This year, there's no exception to that rule.
Though the forecast is calling for highs close to 90 degrees during the day, it should cool off nicely by dusk, making nearly perfect firework-watching weather. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and head out to take part in this American tradition.
Treasure Island Resort and Casino: Sunday, dusk
Treasure Island is calling this the "biggest fireworks display in southern Minnesota." The display is part of the annual Block Party, a family-friendly event that features, food, giveaways and music.
Red Wing: Monday, dusk
Fireworks will be shot off from the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River, near the Harbor Bar. Levee Park, Colvill Park and Bay Point Park, among other city locations, will provide great views.
Lake City: Monday, dusk
Fireworks will be shot off from the point. Any place along the river walk should make for good viewing.
Cannon Falls: Monday, dusk
Fireworks are the final act for this year's Cannon Valley Fair. They will be shot off from the fairgrounds and can be seen from the surrounding area.
Wanamingo: Monday, dusk
Fireworks will be shot off from the area south of Highway 60 and east of Highway 57.
Do it yourself
If you prefer to have a private fireworks display, keep in mind that Minnesota law prohibits the use of any aerial or explosive devices.
State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl said that includes items such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles and roman candles. Legal fireworks include things like sparklers, snakes, glow worms and string poppers.
"The law is clear," Rosendahl said. "It doesn't change because you're shooting these things over the lake or because the neighbors don't mind or the grass is wet."
Fireworks of any kind are prohibited on public property, which includes city and state parks.
And, even though the number of firework-related injures has declined in recent years, Rosendahl still stressed the importance of safety.
"Everyone wants to see injury numbers drop and our paramedics, firefighters and hospitals don't need the extra work," he said.
Safety tips include:
• Supervise children, even with supposedly "kid-friendly" fireworks.
"Sparklers are a lot of fun, but they are also metal wires dipped in explosives," Rosenthal said.
• Wear shoes at all times
• Keep a bucket of water nearby
• Light one item at a time
• Never attempt to relight a dud
• Avoid areas with dry brush, grass or debris