Campers Celebrate the Fourth By Hitting the Great Outdoors

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The Fourth of July usually means celebrating the red white and blue with fireworks and fun.

But not this year.

For this North Dakotan, the 4th of July means one thing.

“We wanted to go camping as one family,” Jaret Meek, Burleigh County camper says.

Some North Dakotans took to the great outdoors to get into the holiday spirit.

For others, Bismarck is the place to be for a specific reason.

“Because, we can had a fire here, but in Dickinson, we can’t have a fire,” Meek says.

Open fires are banned in cities across the state including Dickinson.

So campers like the Meeks made the trek to General Sibley Park where they can gather around the fire, as long as it’s in one of Sibley’s covered fire pits.

But just across the river, in Morton county, all fires are banned.

Though, there’s no campfires or fireworks this year, that isn’t stopping people from finding other ways to enjoy the holiday.

“That’s how you get everybody together, you have to go camping,” Clifford Schmidt, Harmon Lake camper says.

Harmon Lake drew people ready to enjoy some family fun along with all the lake has to offer.

“Nice swimming hole down there, fishing, boating, they’ve got everything else,” Schmidt says.

Visitors can rent kayaks and canoes from Paddle On, a watercraft rental place right on the lake, and they say even with the fire ban they’re still seeing plenty of visitors.

“We’ve been really busy, there’s been a lot of campers and kids enjoying the water and swimming,” Carli Defoe, Paddle On says. “It’s a blast once you get out there.”

But no matter how you enjoy the holiday, there’s one thing this camper needs to celebrate.

“I like spending time with my family,” Taylor Sellfridge, Harmon Lake camper says.

And for these campers, all it takes to celebrate Independence day is a tent beneath the stars.

If you’re planning your own camping trip, make sure to check with your local fire department to see where you can and can’t enjoy a campfire.
 

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