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Five Independence Day Projects That Won't Set Everything On Fire

Five Independence Day Projects That Won't Set Everything On Fire

(Gillette, Wyo.) Fireworks are banned from both city and county use this 4th of July, and that's bummed a lot of people out. While nothing can replace the fun of bottle rockets and the sight of a big pyrotechnic display, there are still some things you can with the kids do that won't break the bank or set your yard on fire. 1. *Balloon Bombs* All you need are balloons, confetti (or glitter, even more obnoxious! Score!) and a funnel. If you're really looking to get dirty, try filling water balloons with water tinted by food coloring first. 2. *Pinatas* Again, nothing can substitute the joy of blowing something up. But how about beating something repeatedly with a baseball bat and at the end you get candy? (Remember to fill the pinata with prizes, though, or you're just beating cardboard with a stick.) 3. *LED Lights / Glow Sticks* You can still spell your name (or swear words) when it gets dark, you don't need sparklers. 4. *Diet Coke and Mentos* These both still exist, if you desperately need something to make a huge, noisy mess. 5. *Get out and have some fun.* The County will be hosting activities at Bicentennial Park starting at noon, Frontier Lanes opens at 4 p.m., Gillette Theaters is screening new releases all day, and there are still plenty of places to hike, fish, and swim (just not the city pool) during the fire ban. #county17 #news