Happy Fourth of July!
KINGMAN - Yes Kingman, there will be a fireworks show for the Fourth today.
"There seems to be a misconception that because there is a ban on fireworks, that there will be no fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July," said Kingman City Councilwoman Erin Cochran. "This is not the case. The ban is on private fireworks. Our city's annual fireworks at the fairgrounds are planned and ready to go Friday night."
The show will begin at dusk, around 8:30 to 9 p.m., said James Guillot, manager of the Mohave County Fairgrounds.
"We have been getting a lot of calls asking if we are having fireworks and we are excited to help Kingman celebrate our nation's birth," he said.
The city fireworks have been funded the last three years from donations gathered by the volunteer Kingman Boomers, but this was the last year for their efforts.
"A few years ago, we were having to lay people off in the city," Cochran explained. "As a City Council, we didn't think it was appropriate to be laying people off from their jobs but spending $20,000 on fireworks, so a group of us got together and worked on funding the annual event."
The Kingman Boomers organized golf tournaments, car washes and accepted other donations to raise the money for the fireworks. Due to changes in the group, Kingman Boom has disbanded and the some one will need to step up to keep fireworks in Kingman alive.
The fireworks will wrap up a day of activities at the fairgrounds Friday. Cerbat Moto Sports is presenting Mud Mayhem, an event of mud bogs and tuff truck racers. Gates open at 11:30 with races beginning at 1 p.m.
"We're excited to have these events here all day," said Guillot. "We have a great setup where if families choose to, they can spend the whole day and evening here."
Friday's forecast calls for highs near 100 degrees, with lows at night in the mid-70s and a chance of thunderstorms.