Last year, there were no fireworks shows in Logan County because of the drought.
That’s not the case this year because rainfall has been just above normal.
Shooting fireworks inside the city limits remains a violation of a city ordinance. The best way to enjoy them legally is probably at one of two shows planned today (Wednesday) and Thursday, the Fourth of July. Each of the shows is open to the public and free of charge.
The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce will stage its annual fireworks show at Paris High School this evening. The show will get started between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. There is no formal program, just fireworks set off by the Paris Volunteer Fire Department.
"Last year, we had to cancel," said PACC Executive Director Linda Hixson. "Since we had already paid the fireworks company, they just held onto our money so this year’s show is being done with last year’s money."
The organization spent $3,000 for the fireworks, Hixson said.
The New Blaine Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will host a fireworks show Thursday at the New Blaine Park.
Last year, the traditional day-long celebration held in New Blaine was shortened when only the Little Mister and Miss Firecracker Pageant was held.
This year, the day-long celebration is back and it will begin at 6 a.m. Thursday with the 18th Annual Mountain Dew Pancake Breakfast. Carnival games, bingo and train rides will be available from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. A horse shoe tournament, fire truck rides, concessions and a 5K run-walk will begin at 8 a.m. The 10th Annual Little Mister and Miss Firecracker Pageant will take place at 4 p.m. A sky diver will drop in at 6 p.m. and the fireworks take place at dark, around 9:15 p.m.
"We spent between $3,500 and $3,700 on fireworks and had to store them," said Jackie Lensing, one of the event organizers. "We only had the pageant last year because we thought no one would come out. Also, we thought our firemen needed to be available in case something broke out."
If you’re looking for a traditional Fourth of July picnic lunch and some patriotic music, the Logan County Museum’s July 4th Patriotic Program and free picnic lunch will be presented at 11 a.m. Thursday on the museum grounds at 202 North Vine Street in Paris. There is no charge for the program or the lunch and those planning to attend are asked to bring along lawn chairs.