As you might have read in that email from Beloit College Security, the city’s fire department has put the kibosh on consumer fireworks this year.
“Although Beloit College never allows fireworks and open burning on campus, it is especially important to adhere to the policy this summer with the extremely dry conditions,” wrote Assistant Director of Security Bruce Heine in an email to campus. The city’s ban—enacted due to the Wisconsin DNR declaring Rock County as a high-risk fire area—includes sparklers and novelty fireworks as well as outdoor fire pits or fireplaces. If you have questions, you can contact the fire department directly at (608) 364-2900.
Still, that doesn’t mean you have to completely forego fireworks on the Fourth! As of Friday afternoon, the city was still planning on hosting a fireworks display over the Rock River on the Fourth of July, according to the Visit Beloit office. Celebrations will kick off with the annual (free!) Pops on the Rocks concert Wednesday (July 4) at 7:30 p.m. in Riverside Park, featuring patriotic songs by the Beloit Janesville Symphony. Feel free to bring a lawn chair; the fireworks display will follow the concert.