Memorial Day weekend is always that weekend that gets everyone hyped up for what's next.

Once the BBQs are done and the three-day weekend has come to an end, the planning begins.

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Naturally, I'm talking about the 4th of July. From neighborhood cookouts to loud and glorious fireworks, the holiday brings everyone together for a day and night of fun, food, and booming, sparkling displays of freedom.

However, if you live in Randall County, one piece of that equation has officially been taken away from you this year.

A "Declaration of Local Disaster" has been issued for Randall County, and with that, fireworks stands in the county won't be opening for the 4th of July festivities this year.

Not only that, but if you have fireworks saved from previous years, you won't be able to set them off inside Randall County limits. If you do, and you get caught, you can expect to land a misdemeanor on your record along with a fine of up to $500.

The weather is to blame here. Sure, we got rain for a couple of days this week, but not nearly enough to help the overly dry conditions we have in the city. Wildfire risk is extremely high and we've seen more fires pop up recently.

That's not to say things can't change. If drought conditions significantly improve over the course of the next month, the ban in Randall County COULD be lifted, but I get a feeling it's going to take a lot of precipitation to turn things around.

No word on Potter County as of yet, right now you're safe to pop off there. Doesn't mean they're far behind though. Pray for rain!

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