Portage Rotary to Sponsor 4th of July Fireworks @ McCamley Field

The Portage Rotary Club will sponsor Fourth of July Fireworks at McCamley Field on SUNDAY, July 3 (rain date, MONDAY, July 4). Gates will open at 6 p.m. with the fireworks show beginning at dusk. There is no cost for admittance; however, the Portage Rotary Club will accept donations at the gates and concessions will be available.  

Money raised through gate donations and concession sales will help defray the cost of the fireworks. Any proceeds will benefit the Portage Rotary Club Scholarships program. Each year, the Portage Rotary Club awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000 to Portage area students to assist with higher education expenses. Visit the Portage Rotary website at www.portagerotary.org for more information about the scholarship program. Questions about the 4th of July Fireworks can be directed to Jim Pearson at jimpearson4@gmail.com.


The Portage Fire Division recommends enjoying a professional fireworks display, like the Portage Rotary Fireworks. However, if you choose to ignite consumer fireworks, an understanding of the rules is required. Consumer fireworks can only be used the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday. (So for Independence day, July 3, July 4 and July 5.) Consumer fireworks are prohibited from being used on public property.

Safe fireworks practices should always be used. Never hold a lit firework in your hand; always light the firework on the ground and back away as soon as it is lit. Always keep a safe distance from buildings so sparks or embers from the firework do not ignite them. Finally, always keep a water source available, such as a garden hose, in the event a spark or ember ignites nearby combustible material.

Paper lanterns are extremely dangerous. Releasing an open flame into the air with no control mechanism can result in building or wildland fires. Always tether a paper lantern so that you maintain control of the lantern while it is burning. Paper lanterns should never be used if there is even a slight breeze and are prohibited from being used on public property.