Don’t worry, there’s plenty of fun on the 4th
EVERETT – With all the positive things to do in the City of Everett on July 4th, there will still be some people who hope to get a bang with their own fireworks. Note to these folks: All fireworks are illegal in the City of Everett. And that includes fireworks labeled “Safe & Sane.”
Having them is illegal.
Discharging them is illegal.
Watching professional fireworks shows, however, can be great fun. (Professionals receive permits to operate shows.)
Should police find residents or visitors with fireworks, those fireworks will be seized. And criminal citations may be issued. Additional police and fire staffing is already on Everett’s streets. Teams of officers have been assigned to patrol and respond to complaints. Their first goal is always education. But City of Everett police and emergency staff have seen too much to have any sense of humor about this.
There is overwhelming evidence of the danger of fireworks. Most of us know the statistics: Across the USA, 13,000 injuries sent people to the hospital last year, with males three times more likely to be injured; more than 2,000 structure fires caused damage, expense and regret. The Everett City Council recognized the dangers and made possession and/or discharge of fireworks illegal in Everett in 1997.
With all that’s going on in Everett on July 4th, there’s really no reason to take a chance of physical harm or police response.
A professional fireworks show over Everett’s Port Gardner Bay will offer plenty of flash. “Thunder over the Bay” will begin at 10:17 p.m., according to community organizer Joel Starr. Everett Symphony will be providing fireworks’ music from Naval Station Everett. Great viewing will be from the naval station, the 10th Street Board Launch, as well as Harborview, Legion or Grand overlook parks. Just think if everyone who considered buying fireworks sent a donation instead to this community fireworks event.
For those who wish to start July 4th fun early in the day, Yankee Doodle Run warms up at 7:30 a.m. at the Everett YMCA. The Everett Jaycees host the annual July 4th Parade downtown beginning at 11 a.m. and running along Colby and Wetmore between Wall and 26th streets.
Naval Station Everett will be open to the public all day with ships’ tours and activities. (Cars will not be allowed on base.) Everett Transit is offering free shuttle service to and from the naval station all day and following the fireworks.
More events: The 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, 6-11 a.m., the Flying Pig, 2929 Colby Ave., $8.95 per person benefits the Everett Jaycees. Fire & Ice: Comcast Community Ice Rink, 2000 Hewitt Avenue. Ice skating for the entire family, $4 each or 4 for $14. Includes skate rental. Fun in the Sun Street Fair: First Baptist Church of Everett, parking lots, Wetmore between Pacific and 32nd. Free entertainment and activities including puppet shows. Star-Spangled Celebration: Imagine Children’s Museum, noon to 4 p.m., 1502 Wall St., special 2-for-1 admission. AquaSox baseball vs. Vancouver Canadians, 7:05 p.m., Everett Memorial Stadium, 3802 Broadway.