Independence Day is approaching and a number of communities in the area are planning to commemorate the holiday with fireworks and other celebrations. State law also lengthens the amount of time allowed for citizens to discharge fireworks; as opposed to only allowing fireworks until 11 p.m., fireworks may be discharged until midnight on July 4. In Knox, Plymouth and Winamac, fireworks can be discharged between 10 a.m. and midnight, while many other communities adhere to state law.
The town of Winamac is planning a fireworks celebration on July 4 at dusk, while the Starke County fireworks celebration is planned for July 6 at the Starke County Airport after sunset. In Walkerton, a fireworks show will take place around 10 p.m. ET at John Glenn High School, and in Culver, two fireworks celebrations are planned: one by the academy on July 4, and one during Lake Fest on July 20 at 10 p.m. The town of Bremen also has a fireworks celebration planned with the Bremen Firemen Festival on July 4 at 10:30 p.m. at Bremen Sunnyside Park.
Fireworks can be very dangerous when handled improperly, so keep in mind the following safety tips: never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks; store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children; use a clear, open area and keep your audience a safe distance from the shooting site; do not alter any fireworks device or attempt to make your own fireworks; only light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework; have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby; and be cautious when lighting fireworks when it is windy.
Also, be cautious when lighting fireworks when it is windy, never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks, and never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.