Cheyenne Fire Rescue is encouraging residents to go to a public fireworks display rather than set off fireworks.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fireworks injure more than 13,000 people and cause roughly $20 million in property damage each year.

"We want everyone in Cheyenne to be safe this Fourth of July," said Chief Greg Hoggatt.  "The best way to stay safe is to attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals."

Hoggatt says if you really must light those sparklers and novelties (aerial fireworks are illegal within city limits) you'll want to follow these safety tips:

  • Always have a responsible adult present
  • Only use outdoors
  • Light one at a time
  • Have a bucket of water nearby and place used fireworks in the water
  • Never use near dry grass or other flammable materials
  • Stay clear after lighting fireworks

Those planning on celebrating Independence Day in Cheyenne will want to check out the 4th of July Celebration at Frontier Park.

Events get underway at noon with a car show, followed by youth entertainment at 2:30 p.m., live entertainment at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9:35 p.m.

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