The North Platte Optimist Club will again provide a July 4 fireworks display at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, this time with a watermelon feed beforehand.
The public is invited to attend at no cost. Free will donations are accepted.
The fireworks show starts after dark.
"God bless America," Optimist President Tammy Bannister said when she announced the celebration.
Husker game tickets
To help offset the cost of the July 4 fireworks display, the Optimists are selling raffle tickets to two Husker football games, parking included. Only 100 tickets will be sold at $50 each.
To buy tickets, call Bannister at 308-660-9575 or David Thelen at 308-532-4764. The winner will be drawn Aug. 11.
Dry and dangerous
Fires caused by fireworks in 2010 resulted in eight reported deaths, 60 civilian injuries, and $36 million in direct property damage.
The extremely dry weather creates great potential for fires," Nebraska Deputy Fire Marshal Ray Nance said.
"We encourage you to consider attending professional fireworks displays. Remember that it is illegal to bring any firework into Nebraska from another state. Think about the impact of fireworks on pets and livestock. Practice all fireworks' safety tips," Nance said.
Here are some safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
• Keep a bucket of water, garden hose and fire extinguisher handy in case of fire or other mishap.
• After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.• Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
• Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
• Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
• Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
• Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
• Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.