Plenty of community fireworks to choose from this holiday
It’s time for the biggest party of the year.
Many of our celebrations this July 4th will include that time-honored tradition of discharging fireworks in the backyard or neighborhood.
However, with temperatures soaring past 100 this past week and dry conditions throughout the state, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is urging people to use great care in selecting the area where they will be discharging legal fireworks.
In 2014, there were 155 fires caused by fireworks, according to the state. Wildland and vegetation fires accounted for 110, or 71 percent of those fires, according to the state.
Someone found responsible for starting a wildland fire with fireworks can be required to pay restitution for the fire suppression costs and damages caused by the fire, which could amount to hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.
On Wednesday, Don Fortier, fire chief of Grant County Fire District No. 3, urged people to not discharge fireworks because of the dry conditions in the area.
Grant County commissioners have imposed a temporary ban on discharging fireworks at the county fairgrounds through July 5. In other areas of the county, fireworks can be discharged until 11 p.m. on Monday. During that time, fireworks cannot be sold or discharged in the county between the hours of 11 p.m. and 9 a.m., except on July 4, when they can be discharged from 9 a.m. until midnight.
Personal fireworks are prohibited in Crescent Bar and Desert Aire. In both Quincy and George, fireworks can only be discharged until Monday. Fireworks cannot be discharged between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m.
The City of George encourages families looking for a safe place to discharge their fireworks to come down to the west end of Montmorency Boulevard after dusk, where several families gather every year to light off fireworks together in the street, said Joe Shons, public works director. The fire department will be on hand.
To avoid any unfortunate fireworks-related accidents or fires this summer, try taking the family to one of several professional fireworks shows in the area. Many of the community events include children’s activities and food vendors. Some of those events include:
— Sunland Estates: Fireworks are July 3 at dusk. On July 4, the Salute to Freedom Sunland-Style event includes a parade, 5k run/walk, chili cook-off, bingo in the park, golf cart races and kids games and more.
— George: Fourth of July at George, Washington Festival. The all-day event marks its 58th year in George. The day starts with a grand parade at 10 a.m. Vendors and live entertainment follows at George Community Park. The fireworks show starts at dusk at the park.
— Crescent Bar: Fourth of July in Crescent Bar. The annual parade is at 10 a.m. at the fire house and meanders through the RV Park. A firework show will be behind the Sand Trap on the driving range and is viewable from other areas.
— Moses Lake: Fireworks show starts at 10:15 p.m. on July 4 at Moses Lake, across from McCosh Park.
Wenatchee: Wenatchee Valley Independence Day Celebration. The July 4 event includes live entertainment and food and arts and crafts vendors at Walla Walla State Park. The fireworks show gets underway at 10:15 p.m. at the park.
— Grand Coulee: Festival of America. The July 5 fireworks show starts after the 9:45 p.m. laser show in the park below the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor’s Center.
Royal City: Royal City Summerfest. The all-day event includes a fireworks show at 10 p.m. on July 10 at the Royal City Lions Park.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, email@example.com