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Huber: Have safe, happy Independence Day holiday

Seems summer's midpoint has arrived with the Fourth of July holiday tomorrow.

At least that point is usually heralded as the benchmark, whether it is actually the case or not.

No matter how we choose to observe the day, safe and happy should be the two words that fit into the equation.

Many will achieve that through traditional Fourth of July celebrations involving family and friends.

More than likely the order of the day will involve barbecuing, visiting, playing games, and when dusk rolls around, either enjoying professionally orchestrated firework displays or the homegrown variety, all relaxing in the great outdoors, nestled in favorite lawn chairs and hopefully mosquito free.

Speaking of the professional options, this year locally we have two great ones in the form of the annual MSUM display; and closer to home at Bonanzaville, where the city of West Fargo has generously sponsored fireworks to conclude their first annual day long Fourth of July observance at the Pioneer Village.

On that note, if you are looking for something specific to do on Independence outside the family and friends gathering realm, Bonanzaville would be an excellent choice.

There will be a parade at 11 a.m, an all-day scavenger hunt searching for historic figures, entertainment, a barbecue picnic, horse drawn wagon rides, train rides, historic cricket games, a pet adoption event, and inflatable games by Games Galore.

For those of you leaving town and traveling to Fourth of July celebrations -- whether its to the lakes or to Grandma's house -- practice extra caution as you make your way to your destination. Remember to buckle up and travel the speed limit.

Also be aware that there will be increased surveillance by local and state law enforcement officials to ensure that the roadways are kept free from impaired drivers.

Whatever your method or venue for celebrating the Fourth of July make it a safe, happy one and enjoy!