With just over two weeks until the Fourth of July, the Washington American Legion Post 218 is busily making preparations for this year’s fireworks show.

The display is set for Wednesday, July 4, at the Washington Fairgrounds.

Fireworks will begin at dusk, usually around 9 p.m., and will last about a half hour, according to Legion Commander, Dave Anderson.

In the event of rain, the fireworks will take place Thursday, July 5.

Anderson said planning is going well for the 2012 show.

For the past several years, the Legion has contracted with Lantis Fireworks and Lasers, Eureka, to shoot the fireworks.

“We’ve had such good luck with Lantis that it just behooves us to go ahead and keep them,” Anderson said. “It seems like each year they just get better and better.”

The Washington Fairgrounds will close at 8 a.m. July 4 and the gates will reopen at about 5 p.m.

As in year’s past, no coolers or food will be allowed in the fairgrounds. The exception is baby food and bottles.

This year, spectators can expect “a few bigger bangs,” Anderson said.

“We’re looking at maybe having a few more 6-inchers, which is the maximum that we will have, and there will be more aerial bursts than last year,” he said.

Committee members working on the show include Anderson, Bob Kloeppel, John Brinker, Don Kampschroeder and Rich Westermeyer.

This year’s show will cost about $15,000. Donations are being accepted.

Anderson said donations help tremendously.

To help raise funds for the Post 218 baseball program, the boys baseball team, their parents and Don Schneider, a volunteer representative of the baseball team, will man the food stand where they will cook and sell snacks at games and the display.

During the fireworks, the teams will walk around the fairgrounds with buckets to collect donations for the display.

Those wanting to make a donation prior to the show may mail it to the Legion and mark their check and envelope with “fireworks.” The Legion’s address is 1007 E. Third St., Washington, MO 63090.