Not going to lie... I'm pretty excited about this! I remember last Summer on July 3rd, wanting to go up and walk the Rims for the first time. My husband and I got up there and had our sack lunches all ready to spend part of the day walking and hiking and then finding that all of Highway 3 along the Rims, including Zimmerman Park, was closed for the 4th of July! I could definitely understand the precaution but for a lot of families that weekend is THE weekend to spend outside doing stuff together and I was so bummed to not be spending the afternoon up there because people in the past had been dumb dumbs and ruined it for the rest of the public.

I am hoping that this year everyone is on their best behavior so that this privilege is not taken away for another 26 years!

KBUL Newsroom - For the first time since 1991, there won’t be any road blocks on the Billings Rims on Independence Day. KTVQ.com reports that the public will be able to enjoy the space for the first 4th of July in 26 years. The decision was made by Billings Fire Chief Paul Dextras. An attraction for its recreational options and views from above the city, fire hazards below the rims remain high.

Even though igniting fireworks within Billings city limits is illegal, people living below the rims still need to stay alert and be ready to call 911 in a moment’s notice. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said fines for possessing and shooting off fireworks begin at $110. If it sparks a fire or injures another person, it could result in criminal charges. Additional patrols will begin the evening of July 4th.