A big 4th of July celebration is on tap in Winston, but fire safety is still key

The 4th of July is about celebrating community as much as it is about celebrating independence.

“We have a huge list of donations anywhere from $25 to a few hundred dollars,” said Onikka Driscoll, the Treasurer for the Winston Independence Day Committee. “The community really just came together to provide us what we needed.”

The committee has been raising money for months and a large part of it has come from people donating cans.

The generosity is paying off in a community-wide celebration on Saturday.

“With all the Covid restrictions with everything and everyone being so isolated, there’s just a real refreshing sense of community to be able to come together and enjoy the day, watch the parade, participate in events, listen to some music, and then finalize the night with the fireworks,” Driscoll said.

It begins at 11 am with a parade ending at Riverbend Park. From there it’s an all-day event filled with food, music and entertainment, with the grand finale — fireworks show at 10 pm.

The 4th of July holiday always brings the danger of fire. Last year the fireworks show in Roseburg briefly set the hillside it was on fire. The committee has taken steps to make sure it’s as safe as possible this year.

“Winston Fire Department will be on deck, city police and all emergency personnel that are necessary will be on deck just to make sure that if anything does spark all safety precautions will be taken.”

One person donated a water truck, and a local farm mowed a nearby field just in case any fireworks shells land there.

If you want to see fireworks show, the Douglas Forest Protective Association recommends you attend one of these shows.

“That’s a much better option for people who want to watch fireworks and celebrate the 4th of July than trying to take your own fireworks out to the woods somewhere and do it there,” said Kyle Reed, with the DFPA.

A reminder that fireworks are prohibited on forest land during fire season.

As are exploding targets, tracer ammunition, and sky lanterns.

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The 4th of July is about celebrating community as much as it is about celebrating independence. “We have a huge list of donations anywhere from $25 to a few hundred dollars,” said Onikka Driscoll, the Treasurer for the Winston Independence Day Committee. “The community really just came together to provide us what we needed.” The…

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