JEFFERSON-Ashe County joins the ranks of thousands communities nationwide this weekend in celebrating our nation’s Independence Day.
In addition to the annual Christmas in July Celebration in downtown West Jefferson this weekend, the county’s premier celebratory event is the traditional fireworks display at Ashe County Park in Jefferson.
Park gates open at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 4, to begin parking vehicles. There will be inflatable toys for kids to enjoy beginning at 3 p.m. The inflatables will be located beside the Russ Blevins Shelter and Concessions Stand.
A wristband may be purchased for $5 each that will allow unlimited access to the inflatables throughout the day.
There will also be pre-recorded and live music. The live music is performed at the Russ Blevins Shelter Stage area and will be provided by “The Non-Prophets” (led by Ashe County local, Randy Gambill) beginning at 7 PM. They will entertain with a mix of Country, Americana, and Classic Rock tunes up to the fireworks show. There will be grilled hamburgers and hotdogs at the Russ Blevins Shelter
Concession Stand, as well as, a couple of other vendors in the park. The fireworks show will begin at dark around 9:15 p.m.
“Everyone is welcome to park and tailgate if you wish, however, no alcoholic beverages will be permitted,” said Parks Director Scott Turnmyre. “Dogs do not like loud noises and I would suggest not bringing your dog to the event. If you have any questions, please call our office at 336-982-6185. We look forward to seeing you on Monday, July 4 to celebrate our American Independence Day.”
Fire work safety at home
According to national statistics, most fireworks accidents occur at the home. Safe Kids Worldwide has provided the following safety tips to enjoy this week’s Independence Day celebrations without a trip to the emergency room.
> The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
> If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area. Many types of fireworks are actually illegal in North Carolina.
> Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
> Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
> Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
> Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
> Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
> If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.