In the Wild with Greg Wagner


Fireworks display at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.

Just wanted to pass along a great tip regarding fireworks, the big fourth of July weekend and our state parklands from our parks division’s Jim Swenson. Jim says: “Hey Greg, why don’t you encourage folks on your blog, that are staying in our parks over the holiday weekend, to seek out the large fireworks displays to watch in nearby communities.” Well Jim, and folks, here is a list of all those individuals, groups, businesses, etc. who have obtained a permit for a fireworks display from the Nebraska State Fire Marshall’s Office, note those which are open to the public: 

I’d even take it a step further and strongly encourage you to partake of a good, old-fashioned, small town 4th of July celebration such as the ultra fun one Seward, Nebraska throws. Seward is Nebraska’s official 4th of July city! 


Go here for details: 


If you haven’t seen the news release about where legal Nebraska fireworks can be touched off in our state parklands, here’s that below for you as well. 

Visitors to six state recreation areas will be allowed to touch off fireworks on Independence Day.
Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) near Malcolm, Fort Kearny SRA near Kearney, Fremont SRA near Fremont, Two Rivers SRA near Venice, Pawnee SRA near Emerald, and Wagon Train SRA near Hickman will permit fireworks to be used from 8 a.m. until midnight on July 4 only. Signs at recreation areas will point the way to fireworks sites, and their boundaries will be clearly marked. Use of fireworks elsewhere on state areas or at other times is prohibited.

Only fireworks approved for sale in Nebraska by the state fire marshal are permitted and visitors should pick up expended fireworks and deposit them in appropriate containers. 

A park entry permit is required for all vehicles entering these SRAs. 

Now, you’re ready for the big holiday weekend! Might see you out there, on the road, or perhaps attending a fireworks display with the family!
Happy Independence Day weekend!  

Fireworks display at Fonner Park in Grand Island.


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