Cities in Harvey County set their own schedules and conditions for shooting fireworks, which can vary from city to city.

This list provides the 2019 schedules for cities within the county. For additional information, please contact the respective city, or contact Harvey County Emergency Management.

Harvey County: Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant. Fireworks are not allowed on public roads or in public parks. Bottle rockets and projectiles are not allowed.

July 1-4:

Burrton: Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant. Fireworks are not allowed in city parks, on city streets or any city-owned or school property.

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Halstead: Fireworks are allowed anywhere within the city limits except on city streets, public property or within 50 feet of gas pumps or gas storage. Throwing fireworks at animals, people or vehicles is not allowed. Bottle rockets and projectiles are not allowed.

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Hesston: Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant. Fireworks are not allowed on city streets, public parks or on school grounds.

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Newton: Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant. Fireworks are not allowed in city parks, on city streets or any city-owned property. Fireworks are not allowed in fire zones.

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North Newton: Fireworks are allowed only on private property with the permission of the owner or lawful occupant. Class C (common) fireworks only. Fireworks are not allowed on public streets, parks or within 50 feet of gas tanks or gas storage, and in, into, under or on any motor vehicle, nor thrown from any motor vehicle.

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Sedgwick: Fireworks are not allowed in the city park, city property or school property. Fireworks are allowed on city streets and rights of way, as long as traffic is not impeded or impaired, or private property with approval of the landowner or occupant.

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Walton: Fireworks are allowed on private property with the approval of the landowner or occupant. Roman candles and fountains are permitted. Bottle rockets and projectiles are not allowed.

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The Harvey County Commission approved a resolution at its June 10 meeting to move its regular meeting dates from Mondays to Tuesdays.

The first Tuesday meeting will occur July 9. The last Monday meeting will occur July 1.

Meetings will continue to be held at 9 a.m. in the Commission Room of the Harvey County Courthouse. Commission meetings are open to the public.


The Commission began discussion to change the regular meeting day in May, asking for public feedback before making a decision. Reasons suggested for the change in meeting date included providing more time for the public to be able to view the meeting agenda, avoiding meeting dates that conflicted with Monday holidays and more time for staff to prepare information for meetings.

Commission meeting dates through July are as follows, with regular Tuesday meetings throughout the remainder of the year:

  • Monday, June 17
  • Monday, June 24
  • Monday, July 1
  • Tuesday, July 9
  • Tuesday, July 16
  • Tuesday, July 23
  • Tuesday, July 30

Additionally, an all-day budget hearing scheduled for July 9 has been moved up one day to July 8. The meeting is open to the public.
Harvey County Commission Chair Chip Westfall signed a local emergency disaster declaration Wednesday, May 22, for flooding throughout the county, the second declaration signed for flooding this month. A previous proclamation was signed May 8 for flooding earlier this month.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Harvey County until Monday at 10:30 p.m.

Roads in Harvey County continue to be hindered by flooding. U.S. Highway 50 was closed Tuesday afternoon, but reopened Friday morning. K-89 into Halstead was also closed Tuesday afternoon, but reopened Saturday.

Fire and EMS jurisdictions in the county used their modified response plan during flood conditions. This plan is previously prepared to allow other departments to help cover areas that may be difficult for the original department to reach due to road conditions, though response times may be affected.


Harvey County West Park and East Park were closed as of Thursday, and will remain closed through Monday, May 27.

For property owners, impacted parts of the property that will not be repaired by Jan. 1, 2020 can contact the appraiser's office to notify the office of the changes.

Floodwaters can be dangerous. The water can be dirty or contain debris. Residents on well water may want to test their water after flooding to verify if it is safe to drink. Test kits are available through the Harvey County Planning, Zoning and Environmental department.

Septic tanks can also run slow or back up during flood, typically caused by a flooded drain field. A potential solution is plugging drains in the basement and reducing water use in the home.

Additional rain was in the forecast throughout the weekend. Harvey County Emergency Management encourages everyone to plan alternate travel routes, prepare supplies in case flood conditions worsen and stay aware of weather conditions.

Continued updates can be found on Harvey County's Facebook and Twitter pages
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The Harvey County Commission will hold its 2020 budget hearings June 3-5, 2019 in the Commission Room at the Harvey County Courthouse.

The budget hearings are conducted to allow departments and partnerships the opportunity to discuss their proposed budgets with commissioners. All discussions are open to the public.

The projected schedule of discussions is below. You can download a PDF version of the schedule here. Times are subject to change:

June 3

10:45 a.m.: Budget and CIP Overview
11 a.m.: Commission Budget
11:15 a.m.: Register of Deeds Budget
11:30 a.m.: Bond and Interest Budget
Noon: Historical Society Appropriation
1:30 p.m.: Prairie View Appropriation
2 p.m.: Kansas State Research and Extension Budget
2:15 p.m.: CDDO Appropriation
2:30 p.m.: Caring Hands Humane Society Appropriation
2:45 p.m.: Health Ministries Clinic Appropriation
3 p.m.: Saddle Club Appropriation
3:15 p.m.: IT Budget
3:30 p.m.: Free Fair Appropriation
3:45 p.m.: Mid-CAP Appropriation

June 4

9 a.m.: Road and Bridge Budget
9:45 a.m.: Communications Budget
10:15 a.m.: Emergency Management Budget
10:30 a.m.: Solid Waste Budget
11 a.m: Treasurer Budget
11:15 a.m.: Administration Budget
11:30 a.m.: Clerk Budget
1:15 p.m.: Parks Budget
1:45 p.m.: Sheriff's Office Budget
2:15 p.m.: Appraiser's Budget
2:30 p.m.: Conservation District Appropriation
2:45 p.m.: Coroner Budget 
3 p.m.: Courthouse General Budget
3:15 p.m.: Additional Budget Discussion (If Necessary)

June 5

9 a.m.: District Court Budget
9:30 a.m.: Elderly Services and Transportation Budget
10 a.m.: Attorney's Office Budget
10:30 a.m.: Health Budget
11 a.m.: Planning, Zoning and Environmental Budget
11:15 a.m.: Noxious Weed Budget
11:30 a.m. EDC Appropriation
1:15 p.m.: Additional Budget Discussion (If Necessary)

Harvey County Commission Chair Chip Westfall signed a local emergency disaster proclamation Wednesday, May 8, in response to local flooding conditions in the county.

The proclamation aids the County in requesting help from local and state resources if needed.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a state declaration of emergency for parts of the state due to flooding. 


The National Weather Service issued a flood warning that lasted for several days for much of south central Kansas, including Harvey County.

Several roadways in the county were affected by flooding throughout the week. U.S. Highway 50 was closed Thursday afternoon and into Friday, but was eventually reopened throughout the county. Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay urged drivers not to try to drive through standing water and not to drive around barricades.

Harvey County Parks closed West Park for several days due to flooding, as well as parts of East Park. All County parks were reopened as of May 15.

Harvey County Emergency Management encouraged people to check for updates through resources such as local news, social media, weather radios and more.

Residents on well water may want to test their water after flooding to make sure it is safe to drink. The Planning, Zoning and Environmental department has test kits available for purchase.

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