Celebrations will be held in Paris, Ratcliff and New Blaine
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the Fourth of July without putting too many miles on the vehicle, then there are four events in north Logan County that fit the bill.
Two take place on Saturday and two take place on Tuesday, July 4. Saturday, Paris and Ratcliff will host fireworks shows. On Tuesday, July 4, the Logan County Museum in Paris will hold its annual Fourth of July program and picnic at 11 a.m. and the New Blaine Volunteer Fire Department will be the scene of a day’s worth of activities culminating in the annual fireworks show.
The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Wood Street Park on Saturday. The show will begin at dusk (about 9 p.m.) and last approximately 30 minutes, according to PACC Executive Director Tonya Baumgartner.
Because the fireworks will be set off from the park grounds, Baumgertner said the park and walking path will be closed to the public at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“The fireworks will be launched from the park,” Baumgartner said. “It’s not safe for people to be near where fireworks are being launched. We’re asking that people not play in the park or be on the walking track after 8:30 p.m. This will be strictly enforced this year. We want people to be safe and have a good time.”
While free of charge, Baumgartner is asking people who attend to bring food items and help the organization provide snacks to some children this summer. Baumgartner is calling the effort Food for Fireworks.
The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Save Our Students program in the Paris School District to provide snacks for some children this summer. Snacks will be distributed to students participating in the district’s back pack food distribution program. Collection boxes will be set up to receive food, Baumgartner said. Food items suggested include cereal, Pop Tarts, granola bars, nuts, crackers, cereal bars, fruit cups, apple sauce, graham crackers, beef jerky, raisins and animal crackers.
She added that snow cones and hot dogs will also be available for purchase.
The Ratcliff Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual fireworks display Saturday at City Hall. Food — hot dogs, snow cones, nachos and drinks — will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. at no charge. Door prizes will also be given away. The fireworks show begins at dark.
The Logan County Museum will host its annual picnic and program beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 at the museum grounds in Paris. There will be music from the Sweet Strings dulcimer band, patriotic songs, a guest speaker and a picnic lunch. There is no charge.
The New Blaine Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will hold its annual Fourth of July event at the fire department. The day begins with a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, milk, orange juice and coffee. It will be served from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker Pageant begins at 10 a.m. A concession stand will open at 3 p.m. and the fireworks show begins at dark.
Mount Magazine State Park is asking residents to come to the park Saturday night to view fireworks shows in Paris and Ratcliff.