It’s almost time for Putnam County’s firework show of the year! Here are a few updates on events being held in the county and what’s poppin’ at local businesses this 4th of July weekend.

 

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Saturday, Valley Park is hosting a Nature Hike on July 2nd. Outdoor enthusiasts should be jumping at this chance to learn about our local ecosystem! More details can be found on their Facebook and website, but if you’re wanting to attend, then meet at the large shelter at 10am and fill out this Google Form in advance. Also, the normal operating hours for the Park’s Wave Pool are 11 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday and 12 pm- 6 pm on Sundays! (This may be subject to change due to the holiday celebration.) In addition, there are free Zumba and cooking classes held at The Commons building in Valley Park every week; follow their Facebook to stay updated!

 

In case your family is heading out of town this weekend, Sheetz has you covered with gas prices as low as $3.49, until Monday the 4th.  The exact details are that E85 gas will now be $3.49 a gallon and Unleaded 88 gas will be $3.99 a gallon. Thank you Sheetz, our 4th of July hero!

 

For those of you hosting your own barbecues and cookouts, make sure to stop by the Putnam Farmer’s Market and Gritt’s Farm to get all the fresh produce and colorful veggies you need! The Putnam Farmer’s Market will be open at their new location in Teays Valley on Saturday from 9 am – 1pm. Their new location is next to AREA 34 in Teays Valley. Gritt’s Farm will be closed on Monday due to the holiday, but regularly sell their products at their Farm in Buffalo. Their normal business hours are 10 am-6 pm Monday- Saturday and 12 pm-5 pm on Sundays.

Don’t forget the Sunflower Summer Kick-Off This Weekend: July 2 – 3: 12 pm – 4 pm 

Experience Gritt’s Farm’s sunflowers in full-bloom, pick-your-own bouquet, and enjoy live music, yard games, and food + drinks! Tickets are available here: https://grittsfarm.ticketspice.com/sunflower-summer-kick-off?fs=e&s=cl

The latest news from our local boutiques is that there are some flaming sales going on! Iris & Indie Boutique is offering 20% off select items in-store and online through the 4th, courtesy of their new website which can be found here. On the opposite side of Hurricane, Runway Couture has loads of 4th of July looks ready to deck you out for the weekend. You can use code “SEZZLE” on their website to get 6 weeks interest free on your purchases.

 

And now for the information everyone has been waiting for! The City of Hurricane is hosting tons of FREE events on the 4th… To kick off the fun, there will be a parade through town that starts at 2 pm. Following that, Hurricane City Park has events from 3 pm- 8 pm, which include live entertainment, inflatables, sweet treats, and a petting zoo! And to end the night right, the annual firework show will begin at 10 pm from Water Tank Hill. For more information on what to expect, follow their Facebook!

 

To finish up this update, CARES (Community Autism Resources & Education Systems) have some great tips for the sweet children with sensory processing disorder or autism in your life, so everyone can have a safe and fun 4th of July!

  • Tip #1, they suggest making a clear plan for July 4th and talking it through with your family. For children that are receptive to visual aids, you could create a social story to help explain it to them.
  • Tip #2 is to prepare for any possible food mishaps that could occur; such as showing up to a barbecue that doesn’t have any snacks your child would be comfortable eating. It’s easy and helpful to pack some favorite foods that your kids love.
  • Tip #3, they recommend packing sensory supports, like noise-cancelling headphones and sunglasses, if you plan to watch the firework display. Favorite toys and distraction tools (like a tablet) are also good to bring with you.
  • Tip #4 is to consider watching the fireworks from a distance or from inside a car, to help reduce the noise and to have an easier exit strategy if needed.
  • Tip #5, have realistic expectations for the day and always have a back-up plan prepared. If the day didn’t go as planned, that’s okay! As long as your family’s needs are taken care of and everyone has a safe, fun time, then the holiday was a success.

 

Get outdoors this weekend to enjoy the wild beauty of Putnam County!