Annual Dodge City Fireworks Show Returns at New Location

Judd WeilJune 18, 2021

The Old Dodge City 4th of July Celebration returns summer 2021 with the community fireworks show on July 4 at a new location, the City of Dodge City announced on June 17.


The display, this year, will be launched from the northeast corner of Mariah Hills Golf Course, and the Boot Hill Casino and Resort Conference Center parking lot will serve as the official watch location.


The pre-show event will start at 8 p.m. and will a feature a performance by the 35th Infantry Division Band of the Kansas National Guard out of Olathe, Kans., before giving way to the firework display at 10 p.m.


Local food trucks will also be in attendance, providing food.


“We, as the planning committee, had to make a difficult choice last year to cancel the fireworks display and concerns over distancing during the pandemic,” said planning committee chair, Fire Chief Ken Spencer. “This year, we plan to have it come back better than ever. We have a new vendor that has doubled the number of fireworks that will be launched during the display.”


According to the City event press release, Mariah Hills Golf Course is ideal for the Dodge City Fire Department to close off access roads on Comanche Ave. and Matt Down Lane for a clear route to respond to calls.


“One issue we had with the display being held at the Roundup Arena was that spectators blocked some of our exits around the riverbed,” Spencer said. “Our fire crews are still on duty during the display and need to be able to respond to calls that may take place during the show. Moving the location allows us to shut off some streets, so we don’t worry about not getting to a call within our required response time.”


Utilizing the Boot Hill Casino and Resort Conference Center parking lot as the festivities new official watch location, has allowed the planning committee to partner with Boot Hill Casino & Resort and United Wireless Arena to create a celebratory atmosphere past just a firework show with entertainment and food.


“The United Wireless Arena and Boot Hill Casino and Resort Conference Center are happy to participate in Dodge City’s 4th of July Celebration,” said Chris Ragland,  Executive Director of United Wireless Arena & The Boot Hill Casino Conference Center. “It’s a great opportunity for the people in our community to celebrate together and enjoy the festivities that so many people have worked on to bring to Dodge City and Ford County.”


The Old Dodge City 4th of July Celebration display is made possible by the donations of local businesses and individuals.

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