We all love to celebrate, and what can be more patriotic than Fourth of July Fireworks? Yet injuries, especially to the hands, arms and head, are a real concern. Following these simple guidelines will help minimize the risk of injury.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Keep a source of water handy in case of fire or other mishap. Douse used fireworks with plenty of water to prevent a trash fire.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
If you do get injured by fireworks leading up to or following the Fourth of July, Corvallis Family Medicine is here to help. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am until 5:00pm, and 9:00am until 12:00pm on Saturday. The office will be closed to celebrate the holiday on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th. There is a physician on-call 24/7 at Corvallis Family Medicine, available for urgent inquiries through our answering service. However, if you have need of immediate medical attention over the holiday weekend, please see an urgent care or emergency room for treatment..
Here are some Fourth of July events in our area:
Corvallis is celebrating with the Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival on July 3rd and 4th. It will be held on First Street between Van Buren and Monroe Avenue. There will be live music, food, kids’ activities, and more! The Corvallis Jaycees will put on a fireworks display after dusk on the 4th.
Albany’s fireworks show will be held at Montieth Riverpark on Thursday, July 2nd, after River Rhythms. Jelly Bread will be performing this week. The blanket seating area near the stage opens at 5:30pm and the concert begins at 7:00pm.
The Corvallis 4th of July parade will kick off at 10:00am with a singing of the Star Spangled Banner at the corner of 8th & Madison Avenue. The parade will last around half an hour and end at the Skate Park, near the farmer’s market and festival.
The East Albany Lions Club will host the annual Lumberjack Breakfast at Timber Linn Park from 6:00am to 11:00am on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. It is an all-you-can-eat breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage, eggs, milk and coffee. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children under 12.
Saturday farmers’ markets will still be held both in Albany and Corvallis from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The Albany Farmers’ Market will be held at its usual location and give out free ice cream sundae samples. The Corvallis Farmers’ Market will be relocated to 2nd and B, at the far south end of 2nd Street, to accommodate the festival.