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Fourth Of July Fireworks Guide

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Get your pyrotechnics fix this Fourth of July, with several Independence Day festivities in and around Wichita. Here is your guide for where to be when the celebrations and fireworks begin.

Bradley Fair: Meet in Bradley Fair on July 3 for a celebration of America. Enjoy the summer concert with Denny Jiosa from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., then sit back and be amazed as the fireworks dance over the Bradley Fair Lake. 

Garden Plain: Join the City of Garden Plain for all-day family friendly events, starting with a 5K Freedom Run and 1K Fun Run. The day's festivities will also include a dodgeball tournament, turtle races, a parade and will end with a fireworks display at dusk.

Derby: The City of Derby is hosting special Independence Day events. Kicking off the events is the Firecracker Walk/Run, followed by a parade. The day will wrap up with a celebration at 7 p.m. and fireworks show beginning at 9:30.

Goddard: For an evening of fun, head to Goddard for free hot dogs, watermelon and ice cream starting at 7 p.m. Then stay for the fireworks display at dusk with a free pool party at the Goddard City Pool.

Park City: A parade kicks off the day of celebration followed by an ice cream social, car show, senior bingo and a karaoke contest. The night will end with a fireworks display in the park at 10:00 p.m.

Haysville: Meet in Haysville for an Independence Day parade followed by frog races, raft races and a free concert by Annie Up. A fireworks show will take place at approximately 9:45 p.m. to end the day of celebration.

El Dorado: A wiffle ball tournament kicks off the day's events at 9:00 a.m. Turtle and sack races, face painting, a water balloon toss and more will take place afterward. The municipal pool will be open all day and is offering a free swim for all those who come. End the night at El Dorado Lake with a free fireworks show.

Newton: Activities for this Fourth of July celebration begins at 1 p.m. with food vendors, amusement rides and live entertainment. Wrapping up the evening will be a "fantastic fireworks" display starting at 9 p.m.

Hutchinson: Join Hutchinson for an all weekend celebration, HutchFest. The weekend begins with the Annual Patriots Parade at 10 a.m. The day will wrap up with a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Stick around for the remainder of the weekend for more fun activities. 

Rose Hill: Join the Rose Hill Recreation Commission at Shorty Cox Park for an ice cream social and entertainment starting at 8 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at dark. 

If you plan on making your own fireworks display this year, the Wichita Fire Department has a few safety tips to help prevent accidents and injuries.  A few of these include closely supervising children, using only fireworks sold in Wichita, and being aware of the added danger of hot and windy weather when igniting fireworks. 

Legal fireworks may be discharged Friday, June 27 through Saturday, July 5 between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight each day. 

Jordan Kirtley is KMUW's Marketing Manager and the host of Next Up, a local events commentary. More casually she is known as KMUW’s “in-house artist,” having designed the many facets of KMUW’s visual identity.