Independence Day in The Flint Hills
Woo hoo! Happy 4th of July! We can all say Independence Day is a great time to enjoy a long fun-filled weekend with friends & family full of burgers & hot dogs on the grill, beer, sunshine, music & of course lots of fireworks. Let freedom ring!
Let’s take a look at some of the best places to watch fireworks, buy fireworks & most importantly tips on how to stay safe this 4th.
Celebrate Freedom in Wamego
If you are all about the fireworks on the fourth...look no further! Wamego has the #1 ranked firework show in Kansas! The fireworks start at 10pm, but be sure to see what the whole day has to offer at https://www.boomtownusa.com/
Freedom Fest Junction City
Junction city is hosting four fun filled days of Independence Day activities! You won't want to miss the carnival, parade, or the Firework Extravaganza Show! Check it all out at https://www.freedomfestjc.com/schedule.cfm
Randolph Independence Day Celebration
Randolph is celebrating the fourth with just about everything you could think of. From softball and cornhole tournaments, to hot air ballon rides, to fireworks! Check out the full schedule at http://www.randolphks.com/schedule.html
Elsa's Frozen Banana Pops
- 3 bananas
- 1 package of chocolate melting wafers (10 oz)
- Popcicle sticks
- Red white & blue sprinkles
Cut peeled banans in half
Place popcicle sticks at one end of each banana half then freeze for one hour
After bananas have frozen, warm chocolate wafers until melted and stir until smooth
Dip bananas into chocolate
Immediatly roll chocolate covered bananas into sprinkles
Serve immediatly and enjoy or freeze until ready to eat.
Kendall's Firecracker Popcorn
- 1 bag of microwave popcorn light or regular butter (full sized, not snack)
- ½ cup red chocolate candy melts
- ½ cup royal blue chocolate candy melts
- 1 cup white chocolate candy melts
- Red white & blue sprinkles
- Red cinnamon candy 5 oz. box Hot Tamales or Red Hots
Pop the popcorn and remove the unpopped kernels. Divide into two bowls.
Place the candy melts in small bowls or glass measuring cups, one for each color.
Microwave the candy for 40 seconds then stir, repeat in 20 second intervals until melted.
Drizzle over popcorn in one of the bowls and stir with spatula until mixed
Repeat the process with the red candy melts. (wash spatula so colors are not blended)
Arrange the red and blue popcorn on a large serving platter.
Melt the white candy melts and drizzle over the platter of popcorn, immediately top with sprinkles.
Finally, toss on the cinnamon candies & enjoy!
Jojo's Favorite Kansas Dirt Cake
- 1 package of Oreo cookies (16 ounce)
- 2 packages of instant vanilla pudding (3 1/2 ounce)
- 3 cups of milk
- 1 package of cream cheese (8 ounce)
- 1 cup of powered sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
- 1 container Cool Whip, thawed (8 ounce)
Put Oreo cookies in a bag and crush up.
Put half of the crushed cookies on the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan.
Mix together the pudding & milk, then let chill.
In a separate bowl, cream together the cream cheese, butter & powered sugar until smooth.
Fold in prepared pudding & Cool Whip.
Spread mixture over cookie crumbs.
Top with remaining cookie crumbs.
Chill in fridge before serving & enjoy!
- Always ignite outdoors
- Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities
- Have a water supply nearby
- Light from a solid, flat & stable platform
- Light only one firework at a time
- Make sure fireworks debris is cooled off completely before disposing
- Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
- Use a long-handled lighter
Below are specific regulations Manhattan residents should follow
- Sec. 13-58 — Throwing prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast or propel fireworks of any kind in the direction of or into the path of any person or group of persons, or from, in the direction of or into any vehicle of any kind.
- Sec. 13-57 — Discharge in street unlawful. It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, ignite or fire any fireworks upon the public streets, alleys or avenues or in any park or public place within the city.
- Sec. 13-66 — Aerial luminaries banned. It shall be unlawful to sell, ignite, or otherwise use an aerial luminary, commonly known as a sky lantern or a floating lantern, within the City of Manhattan.
- KSA 31-55 — Bottle rockets. State statute prohibits sales and possession of “bottle rockets.” Defined as: is mounted on a stick or wire; and projects into the air when ignited, with or without reports, and includes any device with the same configuration, with or without reports, which may be classified as a pipe or trough rocket. "Bottle rocket" does not include helicopter-type rockets.
Discharge from 8am to midnight July 1 - July 4 and sales will start July 1 at noon through midnight of July 4.
Discharge is allowed on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of July between 8:00 AM and 11:00 PM, on the 4th of July between 8:00 AM and 11:59 PM, and on the 5th of July between 8:00 AM and10:00 PM.
Discharge is allowed on the July 1st, 2nd, 4th from 8am to midnight and July 3rd and 5th from 8am - 10pm.