Fireworks tents have setup in the old Price Chopper parking lot ahead of the holiday. Staff photo by Lynne Hermansen

Lynne Hermansen
The sale or distribution of fireworks is permitted between June 28 and July 4 within Gardner city limits. They can only be discharged from July 2 through July 4, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Edgerton allows fireworks to be sold between June 27 and July 4 from 8 a.m. to midnight. Vendors must obtain a City permit and have an inspection prior to sales. They can be discharged July 3 between 10 a.m. to 10p.m. and July 4 from 10a.m. until midnight.

Gardner City rules for fireworks:
· You may not discharge fireworks on any public property within the city, including public streets and sidewalks. City code violations can result in a fine and the confiscation of the person’s fireworks by any member of the police and fire departments.
· Fireworks should be used cautiously and only in the manner they were intended and always under close adult supervision.
· Always keep water nearby to extinguish small residual flames that may create a fire hazard.
· Be mindful of citizens with PTSD or autism and others with sensory challenges.
· Pets can also be fearful of fireworks and may try to run from them, escaping fences or pulling free from leashes. Keep them safe, secure and out of harm’s way. The City handed out calming treats this last weekend through a partnership with the police department.
· Clean up firework debris. Individuals are responsible for cleaning up their mess to ensure it does not spread to a neighboring public or private property.
· Obey all city and state laws governing the discharge of fireworks. Gardner PD officers will be prepared to issue citations to those that violate the fireworks ordinance.
Edgerton City rules for fireworks state under their municipal code they are not allowed to be discharged on public streets or alleys or in any public park. Bottle rockets and M80s are illegal in Kansas. The use or sale of these banned fireworks is considered a crime under Kansas law. Fireworks can not be set off within 1,000 feet of any school or City building.

Fireworks safety tips
The Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal has offered the following tips for safe celebrations:
-Always ignite outdoors
-Have an adult supervise all activities
-Have a water supply nearby
-Light from a solid, flat and 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

Festivities
Gardner Parks and Recreation department will be holding their annual Independence Day party at Celebration Park. This year features four music artists Big Time Grain Company, Niko Moon, After Midtown and Blane Howard. There will be food trucks, activities and fireworks. The event begins at 3 p.m.
City of Edgerton will be hosting their annual community picnic and fireworks show Sunday, July 3 at Martin Creek Park. Free hotdogs and hamburgers from Two Guys and a Grill will be served and there will be free yard games and inflatables. There will also be a DJ. The fireworks show will begin at dark. Limited parking is available in Martin Creek Park and across the street in Big Bull Creek Park.  A shuttle bus will also be available.  Stops are located at Edgerton City Hall and at Edgerton Elementary School.