Welcome to another hot week here in Mt. Vernon!
Since we won’t be doing a show on Wednesday, we decided to take today to talk about the 4th of July! We also had an 4th themed Mystery Question!

Our Mystery Question today was…
“What was the country and the time period in which fireworks were invented?”

The answer? China, and as early as 200 bc.
Congrats to Becky from Fredericktown!
She correctly guessed!

 It is thought that, as early as 200 B.C., the Chinese had already stumbled upon a sort of natural firecracker: They would roast bamboo, which explodes with a bang when heated due to its hollow air pockets, in order to ward off evil spirits.

At some point between 600 and 900 A.D., Chinese alchemists—perhaps hoping to discover an elixir for immortality—mixed together saltpeter (potassium nitrate, then a common kitchen seasoning), charcoal, sulfur and other ingredients, unwittingly yielding an early form of gunpowder. The Chinese began stuffing the volatile substance into bamboo shoots that were then thrown into the fire to produce a loud blast. The first fireworks were born.

Want to catch the fireworks in your area this week?
Check out our guide to Ohio fireworks!

Mt. Vernon – July 4th
10:00pm at Ariel Foundation Park
Fireworks are preceded by the Central Ohio Brass Band at 4 p.m. and Beginnings, the Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band at 8 p.m.
Coshocton – July 3rd
 – Coshocton County Fairgrounds
Ashland – July 4th
9:30pm – 
Community Stadium
Westerville – July 4th
10:00pm – Alum Creek Park South
Utica – July 4th
9:45pm – South End Park
Mansfield – July 7
Dusk – Charles Mill Lake Park
Fredericktown – July 4th
10:00pm – Celebration Community Park

And just a friendly reminder that fireworks are dangerous and they’re scary to a lot of people and pets.

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  • If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

Read more about how to stay safe this 4th from the NFPA and the National Council on Fireworks Safety!

Of course, it’s not the Afternoon Drive (Nor the 4th of July) without sharing some delicious dishes! Just in case you needed almost infinite meal options… we’re here.
The dishes with a * next to them denote what I would use as my personal menu.

Starters and Salads…
Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad*
Parmesean Garlic Grilled Corn
Tomato, Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad
Charred Caprese Sandwich Appetizer
Ina Garten’s Potato Salad 

Berry, Melon and Mint Iced Tea
Bobby Flay’s Blueberry Lemonade
Old Fashioned Lemonade*
Ree Drummond’s Rasberry Lemonade
Raspberry Gingerale

Main Courses
Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa
Sweet Heat Cheerwine Babyback Ribs*
Loaded Lobster Roll
Aloha BBQ Sliders
Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Cucumber Ice Pops
Peach and Raspberry Cream Pops
Watermelon Granita*
Strawberry Mango Poundcake Shortcakes

Celebrate the summer the right way! By eating!!!

You can also celebrate your 4th of July by doing some fun family activities other than eating! Check out these 15 fun 4th activities! (4 of them do include eating though 🙂
Some highlights?
Host an outdoor cookout, make a festive craft, and head to the ball park!

We hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July!
– Lilly and the rest of the WNZR Family