Help Great Falls Enjoy a Free Fireworks Show This Year

With summer officially underway, the next big holiday that rolls through will bring sights and sounds galore across the Electric City.  For many of us, the enjoyment of the spectacle that is the annual fireworks display will be a large part of the celebration.


However, that celebration is in a little bit of crunch.  Donations for the show this year have fallen behind those of other years, and the people behind the big show are asking for a little help to make sure we all can enjoy this annual event.

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The People's Park & Recreation Foundation the Driving Force in Great Falls

For the past 16 years the non-profit People's Park and Recreation Foundation have been collecting funds for the annual fireworks display in the city.  As one of the longest standing traditions in the city, it is, according to PP&RF, the "best attended free event of the summer".

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The foundation has helped raise approximately $800,000 for the improvement of parks and recreation across Great Falls.  Installation of playground equipment, Gibson Park lighting, pickleball courts, trees, even bridge repair have all been helped with the organization.

Ensuring a Show for Everyone This Year in Great Falls

With a little over a month left for fundraising efforts, crunch time to make sure that Great Falls has a show is on.  This year, fireworks will run nearly $20,000 for the lowest tier offered and funds are slightly short as of yet.

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If you would like to help and ensure a fabulous fireworks show for the entire city, you can make a donation by mail to the following address:  People's Park and Recreation Foundation, P.O. Box 2106, Great Falls, MT 59403.  You can also make a donation via their website here, or at their Facebook page here.

15 Important Fireworks Safety Tips

Don't become the story. To make sure your 4th of July celebration goes as smoothly and safe as possible, here are 15 fireworks safety tips from the National Safety Council. Look out for yourself and your friends and family this Fourth!

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10 Things to Do for Your Dog if They're Scared By Fireworks

My two big German Shepherds just hated the Fourth of July. My girl Bella used to run into the bathroom, push the shower curtain aside, and lay down in the tub. My sweet guy Zeus who weighed about 100 pounds would try to get in my lap every time I sat down, or would try to hide in the space between the toilet and the tub!

The dog who likes fireworks probably is a good hunting dog too. But, not mine, and not a lot of other dogs on the Fourth of July. But there are things you can do to help your furry kid get through fireworks season without going totally insane.

The American Kennel Club has all kinds of advice on how to get your pooch through the entire summer in good shape. But for the Independence Day holiday, they have 10 tips on how to keep your dog calm.

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