What to Do (And Not to Do) This Fourth of July

July 01, 2020

The Fourth of July is easily one of the most celebrated holidays across the United States, with 76% of people planning to celebrate it in 2020. Among this group, 56% are planning BBQ's, picnics, or a cookout for this holiday.[1] While Wichita, Kansas and surrounding towns have been on the path to opening, people are hesitant to go among people.

This following is a list of what to do and not to do this fourth of July to have fun and keep staying safe.

Enjoy the Weather and Don't Forget Sunscreen!

According to the Weather Channel, Wichita will see a mostly sunny day for the fourth this year, with temperatures reaching 96 Degrees! While it looks like there will be a few clouds through the day, and a chance for rain, this will not prevent UV Rays from reaching your skin. Prevent sunburns by applying sunscreen throughout the day.[2]

Continue Safe Social Distancing Measures and Practices.

By wearing a mask, washing your hands often, continuing the practice of physical distancing of at least 6ft, and limiting your BBQ to a small group, you can continue to have fun and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Above all, if you or your loved ones are sick, stay home![3]

During the use of fireworks, be vigilant and aware of your surroundings!

Per the City of Wichita, they recommend to only use fireworks tested and approved by the Wichita Fire Department. As such:

  • No using fireworks that spark 6ft or higher.
  • No fireworks which are labeled as shooting flaming balls
  • Only use fireworks approved by the Wichita Fire Department.

Please use common sense when handling fireworks such as:

  • No running with fireworks.
  • No shooting fireworks at other people
  • No setting off fireworks on an uneven surface, as they can topple over and injure persons or property

Violations can result in a $250 ticket. For more details, please visit The Wichita Fire Department. For information of Fireworks in Sedgwick County, please visit the Fire Prevention Division.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings Before Lighting A Firework.

If you are lighting fireworks in your driveway or in the street, be safe and watch for cars, people, or anything that can be injured by the fireworks. If there are children on the premises, all fireworks should be under adult supervision.

Lastly, Have Fun!

Celebrate this holiday safely!


1: https://nrf.com/insights/holiday-and-seasonal-trends/independence-day
2: https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Wichita+KS?canonicalCityId=8be336814166f8c43fb6fd205858c0d49f750f7a599b1c0eaa3cf559c448aa83
3: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/t0625-COVID-19-update.html

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