fourth of july

Have fun with fireworks, but use caution

Jul 4, 2014
Epic Fireworks / Flickr

The Fourth of July holiday conjures up images of cookouts, watermelon, time at the lake and, of course, fireworks to celebrate our country’s independence from Great Britain.  But the fun times can turn to tragedy if precautions aren’t taken when lighting the Roman candles, bottle rockets and other things found at local fireworks stands. 

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Fireworks for Life is an organization based out of Boonville that aims to give back to the community through the sale of fireworks.

Jim Edwards, founder of the organization, has been in the fireworks business for nearly his entire life. 7 years ago, his son needed a liver transplant that would cost $30,000. The local community came together and rose over $25,000 to help alleviate the burden and contributed to a successful operation. That's when Edwards came up with the idea to use his fireworks stand to help raise money for the community as a way to pay it forward.

Fourth of July in Fulton honors military

Jul 4, 2013
Mary Kate Burgess / KBIA

Hot dogs, American flags, and the cheers of children were among the sights and sounds in the air today at Fulton’s 2nd annual Fourth of July parade.

This year’s parade in Fulton honors the city’s WWII veterans, and members of the military. 

Fulton resident Ellie Fritz said she loves Independence Day, and thinks the parade was especially meaningful this year: “It’s a tribute, especially for the WWII veterans, but all veterans,” Fritz said.  “ But a special emphasis on WWII this year.”

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Missouri public-safety officials are cracking down on DUI and other violations this Independence Day holiday.  There will be more officers than usual patrolling Columbia throughout fourth of July weekend.  In addition to at least one scheduled DWI checkpoint, officers will also patrol major highways and busy streets for unsafe and aggressive drivers. 

Some efforts have already begun.  This past weekend one DWI arrest was made in Cole County and 406 vehicles were stopped during a checkpoint at U.S. 54 on Hammond Drive.  \

fourth of july
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation

There will still be fireworks displays in Columbia and Jefferson City today, despite exceptionally dry conditions lately.