Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Everyone enjoys fireworks, especially during the Fourth of July season, but consumers should be careful about where they buy their fireworks, according to the National Council on Fireworks Safety, which recommends you only buy consumer fireworks from a licensed store, tent or stand. Never buy fireworks from an individual’s house or from someone on the street.

Such devices are likely illegal explosives or professional 1.3G fireworks that can seriously injure.

Luckily, for West Feliciana Parish residents, a fireworks display will be hosted by professionals on Saturday, taking off the pressure of having to do them yourself.

If you are going to conduct your own fireworks display, the NCFS issues these safety tips:

Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

Know your fireworks.

Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities.

Never give fireworks to children.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix, so save your alcohol for after the show.

Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.

Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.

Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and placing in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July, West Feliciana.

Glorious Fourth celebrated

Celebrate “The Glorious Fourth” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday like the early 19th-century Americans.

Visitors to Audubon State Historic Site can take part in traditional toasts to George Washington and other famous American patriots, see a cannon fired and take part in historic games and competitions.

For information, call (225) 635-3739.

Fourth of July festivities

A Fourth of July celebration starts Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the West Feliciana Parish Sports Park in St. Francisville.

Join the American Legion, town of St. Francisville and West Feliciana Parish officials as they host an all-American celebration, including hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream.

Music by Jarrett “DJ Doc” will be featured, and a fireworks display begins at dark.

Store discounts will apply throughout the weekend.

Feliciana Master Gardener

On the first Tuesday of every month, from noon to 1 p.m., LSU Agricultural Center presents a Feliciana Master Gardener Summer Seminar at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnett Road, St. Francisville.

The next seminar, July 7, is titled Annual and Perennial Ornamentals. Andre Brock will lead the discussion.

Everyone is welcome to attend and bring a lunch. Drinks will be provided.

If enough people attend, Brock would like to continue the series year-round, potentially featuring other LSU AgCenter speakers.

Feliciana Master Gardener monthly meetings will follow each of the seminars.

For information, email

History Mythbusters

The popular, two-week program series, History Mythbusters, returns to Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, La. 10, St. Francisville, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13-26.

Site staff will explore commonly believed myths by relating how and why they were created and will present the factual information behind each myth. Throughout history, things have been misunderstood about the past and stories have been created to explain their purpose, according to a news release.

But with research, many of these stories have been found to be myths, yet are still related today at historic sites throughout the country.

Rosedown invites visitors to explore antebellum history and some of the myths that have been passed down and continue today.

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Guided tours of the main house are provided on the hour beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding with the final tour of the day at 4 p.m.

Tour admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62 and over and $4 for students ages 6 to 17. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Admission for the garden only is $5 for ages 18 and over. For information, call (225) 635-3110 or visit

Send news and events for Around West Feliciana to Stacy Gill at by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.