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CELEBRATE JULY 4 AT A KANSAS STATE PARK

CELEBRATE JULY 4 AT A KANSAS STATE PARK

CELEBRATE JULY 4 AT A KANSAS STATE PARK

State parks are perfect venue for July 4 outdoor fun, but check local regulations on fireworks

PRATT—Baseball; apple pie; red, white and blue; and state parks – what could be more American? The July Fourth Holiday weekend is a big one for Kansas’ 26 state parks. Kansans love summer outdoor fun, and it’s a time-honored tradition to celebrate our nation’s birthday outdoors with family and friends. Kansas state parks are popular because most have easy access to lakes and host a variety of other outdoor recreation opportunities. Some parks also host spectacular fireworks displays for patrons to enjoy. However, if you want to shoot your own fireworks, check the list below or call the park office first. For safety and fire risk reasons, many parks do not allow personal fireworks, and those that do have designated areas for shooting them. Below is a list of state parks with events and personal fireworks policies.

Cedar Bluff State Park will host a fireworks show on July 3. No personal fireworks allowed.

Cheney State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Clinton State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Crawford State Park will host a fireworks show along with homemade ice cream, pie, free watermelon, face painting, kids games and a live band on July 2. No personal fireworks allowed.

Cross Timbers State Park will host a fireworks show on July 2. No personal fireworks allowed.

Eisenhower State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

El Dorado State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Elk City State Park: Personal fireworks are allowed only in parking lot near entrance.

Fall River State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Glen Elder State Park will host a public fireworks show on July 3. No personal fireworks allowed.

Hillsdale State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Kanopolis State Park patrons can enjoy a fireworks display at the Tower Harbor Marina on July 2. No personal fireworks allowed.

Kaw River State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Lovewell State Park: Personal fireworks are allowed on July 2-3 in Pioneer Playground only.

Meade State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Milford State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Mushroom Rock State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Perry State Park: Personal fireworks are allowed July 1-4 only in the Lakeview Boat Ramp area until 11:00 p.m. each day.

Pomona State Park will feature a band and fireworks show at the marina on July 2. No personal fireworks allowed.

Prairie Dog State Park will host a fireworks show on July 4 with watermelon feed and music beginning at 8:00 p.m. No personal fireworks allowed.

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Sandhills State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Scott State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Tuttle Creek State Park: No personal fireworks allowed.

Webster State Park: Personal fireworks allowed July 1-4 in designated areas only -- Townsite Beach and Goose Flats Boat Ramp.

Wilson State Park visitors can view a fireworks show sponsored by the Wilson Lake Homeowners Association from the Otoe Area on July 2. No personal fireworks allowed.

For more information on Kansas state parks and contact information for each state park office, go to www.kdwpt.state.ks.us. It’s always a good idea to call the park office before you visit to learn more about events, site availability and current conditions.

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