Over the years, the Cow Palace preview fireworks show has become the first public display of the Independence holiday in Hamilton. This year was no exception.

Steve Boshae's display was a fundraiser for the Hamilton High School Speech, Debate and Drama Department. Students held a raffle during the evening. Steve is also donating part of the proceeds from his fireworks stands to the students.

The Hamilton High School parking lot filled with cars over an hour before the show and the event ended with a few of the larger public fireworks, which Steve and his crew will light up July 4th at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds for the Hamilton free community show. Donations are still being accepted at Hamilton City Hall for that display.

And, two nights before that display, Sapphire Lutheran Homes in Hamilton is planning fireworks in the sky following their "Red, White and Blue" concert with the country/bluegrass group "Tincup" Thursday, July 2.

The free concert, on the Large Lawn of Sapphire on North 10th Street, will begin at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow at dusk.