by nathan oster
While fireworks won’t be lighting up the skies over Greybull this year, there will still be an old-fashioned Fourth of July picnic in the city park for those wishing to celebrate the country’s independence.
Chris Waite, director of the Greybull Recreation District, said “We’re keeping things the same” as they have been with respect to the picnic, which means there will be all the usual family games, with a few new ones sprinkled in for good measure. The picnic runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Greybull Police Department will be participating, offering kids a chance to check out the inside of their squad cars. The Greybull Fire Department has also been invited to continue its tradition of offering rides on fire trucks.
Caveman Kitchen will be the only food vendor in attendance and is expected to start serving around 5:30 p.m.
Citing safety concerns and property damage that resulted from last year’s show, the Greybull Fire Department recently announced that it would not be shooting fireworks from atop the bluffs this year.
So if you want to see fireworks this year, you’re going to have to leave the county.
Basin won’t be doing a fireworks show, nor will there be one on the north end of the county, where fireworks just lit up the skies last week to cap Mustang Days and where another show isn’t planned until Byron puts on its display on July 14.
Fireworks shows are planned in the surrounding communities, however, all of them starting at dusk on the Fourth of July. Here’s a rundown of Fourth of July happenings in those communities:
• In Cody, fireworks will be shot off over the river, which is north of the city toward Heart Mountain. If you’re going, the best place to see the show is from atop Skyline Drive or from the rodeo grounds.
If you like rodeo, check out the Stampede. The action starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights and at 5 p.m. on the Fourth. As for the parades, there will be two, starting at 9:30 a.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
• In Thermopolis, fireworks will be shot from the top of Roundtop Mountain (above the ballfields). There will also be a Fourth of July Pedal and Pet parade, starting at 11 a.m.
• In Powell, the spectacle will start at dusk. To see the big show, , go east on South Street (Lane 9) and take a right on Road 7, just before the cemetery. The site of the annual fireworks show is on city of Powell property, and it is illegal to light fireworks on Powell city property without a permit.