Make it a Fourth of July to remember

Published 11:51 am Thursday, June 28, 2018

At the mention of Fourth of July I begin to anticipate barbecue, fresh corn, the gathering of family and friends, and of course fireworks. It doesn’t bring to mind tragic accidents that could have been avoided. Unfortunately for some, the Fourth of July weekend will bring just that.

With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, some folks will begin their Independence Day celebration this weekend, some during the week and some next weekend. Whenever you choose to celebrate, remember that you can prevent tragedies and ensure your celebration is a happy one by following some simple safety guidelines.

If you drink, don’t drive. Call a cab, a friend, have a designated driver, stay put. You don’t need to get anywhere so badly that you put yourself and others in danger. Same thing goes for boating. Just say no.

Fireworks are dangerous and need to be supervised at all times. Sparklers seem harmless but did you know that they can burn at up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit? That’s hot enough to catch a little ones clothes on fire, burn toes or singe fingers. Be observant and keep water handy just in case something goes awry.

Other options are free, professional fireworks displays. There are several to choose from in our area.

The Farmville Municipal Airport will open the gates at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and celebrate the holiday with live music, food vendors, activities for children and fireworks. Wednesday visit Patrick Henry‘s Red Hill for fireworks, music, living history demonstrations/ colonial games and more. And Saturday, June 7, enjoy a Fourth of July celebration at the Meherrin Fire Station. Entertainment will be provided by the Step Back Bank and fireworks at dusk.

If you plan on a barbecue be sure you keep your food safe. Keep cold food cold and hot food hot. No one wants a dose of salmonella with their potato salad.

Be safe and have a wonderful Fourth of July celebration that leaves you with great memories to enjoy for years to come.

BETTY RAMSEY is the Publisher of The Farmvlle Herald. She can be reached at Betty.Ramsey@ FarmvilleHerald.com.