Beau Gronhovd of Fingal looks at the fireworks selection at Big Top Fireworks on East Main Street in Valley City. The shop is owned by Jeremiah Sailor, and he operates it with his daughter Mileah.
Plenty of events are planned around the area for the 4th of July holiday weekend.
Sanborn Fire Department's 49th annual 4th of July celebration begins with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by kids races. The pickup pull will be held at 11 a.m. at the derby grounds with a demolition derby following the pull around 2 p.m.The entry fee for the derby, which includes one pit person, is $75. Contact Troy at (701) 840-5045 with any questions. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and includes all events.
A fireworks display will be held at dusk with a drawing for raffle tickets held prior. The raffle, sponsored in part by Don Wilhelm, has a first-place prize of $500, second-place prize of $300 and third-place prize of $200. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Need not be present to win.
Fort Ransom will also have events for the holiday, beginning with a parade at 11 a.m. Also scheduled is the Fort Ransom Sodbusters Association rodeo at 5 p.m. at the Fort Ransom Arena.
Valley City State University professor emeritus Joe Stickler, Ph.D., said in the evening the Medicine Wheel Park becomes a good place to view all the fireworks that folks are setting off in the city. Fireworks are for sale at a few stands in Valley City.
Saturday, July 5, people get a chance to watch fireworks again at Lake Ashtabula Crossing. The show, organized by the Lake Ashtabula Fireworks Association, begins at dusk. Folks can watch the fireworks from their cars along the road, in the campgrounds there and on the water in their boats.