Fireworks display will top off weekend of holiday events
Fourth of July weekend brings plenty of festivities to streets of Valdez
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Youngsters in the 2015 Fourth of July parade in Valdez
A large fireworks display will top a weekend of Independence Day festivities in Valdez.
The grand finale for this week's Fourth of July weekend will be at 10 p.m. Monday, but events celebrating American independence begin Saturday morning.
Softball at the Goldfields and a salmon cook-off at the Kelsey Dock begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the plenty off kid friendly events slated in between. Events continue through Monday.
A Federal holiday, most public offices, except for essential emergency services, will be closed Monday. This is true for the city, state and federal government offices.
While having a good time, it is important to remember safety when celebrating. This is true whether you are fishing, barbequing or enjoying the great outdoors.
Personal fireworks are always a cause of concern, especially around the Fourth of July.
Personal fireworks are legal for people to use in Valdez, but only during a limited time period.
Title 9 of municipal code states: Use of fireworks is permitted from 10:00 p.m. on July 3rd to 11:59 pm on July 4th, and from 10:00 p.m. on December 31st to 11:59 pm on January 1st of each year subject to provisions of Section 8.20.050 of the Valdez Municipal Code. The chief of police may revoke permission whether expressly given or implied under this provision where the health and safety of a person may be endangered.
If you do use personal fireworks, the Red Cross has published a great list of safety tips to help avoid the types of injuries that are common this time of year.
"The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals," the Red Cross says. "Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks."
If someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps:
Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.