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Fun on the Fourth

By Staff | Jul 1, 2015

Hard to believe this weekend is the Fourth of July. The first part of sumer has absolutely flown.

This weekend brings tons of Fun on the Fourth. Kids games are one of the most fun parts of the weekend. Emmetsburg kids get together in Soper Park. The little ones ride their tricycles with all their might. Then big and little kids run races in the grass and participate in the water balloon toss. The faces are terrific on these kids of all ages. They are having the time of their lives.

West Bend has the Liberty Games on the Fourth of July afternoon. Sack races, carrying something in a spoon races, three-legged races, and two people walking while hanging onto ropes attached to boards (whatever that is called — it looks like a human caterpillar). They all have a great time. After the adult competition of water fights, firemen help the kids participate in friendly competition. On a hot afternoon, can’t ask for anything better.

Cylinder has all kinds of kid games on the Fourth of July, too. One of the favorites is the giant slingshot that launches water balloons far, far away. The tug-of-war is a lot of fun, too.

What’s the very best part of a hot Fourth of July afternoon??Ice cold watermelon, with juice dripping off your chin. Even adults don’t mind getting a little sticky.

There are all kinds of safety steps offered for a safe Fourth of July holiday. Everyone from the Red Cross to Iowa’s Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores offer tips for a safe weekend.

Some of the tips might be no-brainers, but…

Fireworks: Never give fireworks to small children.

Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

Grilling: Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed structure.

Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

Highway Safety: Buckle seat belts and observe speed limits.

Do not drink and drive.

Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.

Travel Tips: Check construction activity or road closures for your planned route.

Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.

Keep tires inflated properly. Check or replace wiper blades. Check your cooling system.

Plan your route in advance and let others know your route.

Water Safety: Swim in designated areas and always swim with a buddy.

Provide close and constant attention to children and inexperienced swimmers.

For a backyard pool, have appropriate equipment, including reaching or throwing equipment, life jackets and a first aid kit.

Never leave a child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child.

Know how and when to call 9-1-1.

Have a safe – and fun – Fourth of July.