Personal fireworks are out for this years 4th. However, the fire restrictions don't have to put an end to the fun.

The recent wildfires in Utah serve as a reminder of how one spark can lead to disaster. The almost continuous sunshine here is great for outdoor activities but without moisture, the dry conditions can lead to trouble and all it takes is an ember, careless spark, or a tossed cigarette butt.

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The smoke from the fires in our neighboring state created a haze over the valley last week. Prevention is the only solution. So what can we do for fun over the weekend and not put anyone at risk?

1) Just add water. The lake has always been my favorite 4th of July destination. Some of my Independence Day weekend celebrations at Lake of The Ozarks were epic! With all this heat and sunshine, there's no better place to be than at the lake or in the pool.

2) Grilling. Remember that covered grills are absolutely permitted. A cooler full of ice cold beverages, a few lawn chairs, and a patio, and you've got a party! Open fires and open pits are what are not permitted during the ban.

3) Go watch fireworks. Professionally displays are allowed. And as of today, the shows in Fruita and Grand Junction are on. Monday, July 3rd check out the fireworks in Fruita launched from Snooks Bottom. Show at Dusk. Tuesday, July 4th is the fireworks after the Grand Junction Rockies. Game time is 6 pm.

4) Take in a parade. Tuesday, July 4th it's the Annual 4th of July Parade in downtown on Main Street in Grand Junction. The fun starts at 10 am.

That's just a few suggestions. The Grand Valley offers tons of outdoor activities that don't require a match. Happy 4th of July and be safe!

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