4th of July Events
Date: Tuesday, Jul. 04, 2017    Time: (see below)
Posted by: Spokane Cares

American Independence Day  -  4th of July
In 1776, patriots from the original 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence from England. 

When we think of liberty in 1961, let us not be content with the stately periods of the Fourth of July orations.  Let us not just talk of liberty - let us act for it.  Let us translate our devotion into deeds.  - John F. Kennedy

2016 Fireworks shows at the following community celebrations: 
Liberty Lake
Pavillion Park
727 N. Molter Rd
Liberty Lake, WA
(509) 499-3180
Beginning at noon, Liberty Lake will host a 4th of July parade and after-party at alpine Shores.  Then, head to Pavillion Park for a live outdoor concert at 6 pm.  Cost is free.
Fireworks over the lake at about 10 pm.
Bring low-back chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and enjoy the evening. 
Concessions will be available through the Liberty Lake Kiwanis.

Riverfront Park
Downtown Spokane
(509) 625-6601
(Fireworks begin about 10 pm, but there are activities all day.)
Live music, tons of food, group performances and more all leading up to the big event.

It is unlawful in Washington to use fireworks in a reckless manner that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury or a risk of damage to property.  Avoid a costly fine, and obey Washington's rules for fireworks: 

Buying, selling, and using amateur fireworks is illegal without a permit in the city of Spokane, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Fairfield, and Spokane Valley, unincorporated areas of Spokane County, or on private, state or federal forest land. In Millwood, fireworks are banned in all circumstances. 

"Fireworks are prohibited from the woods, period.  It doesn't matter what County you are in," said Guy Giffords of the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources.  Restrictions apply to all fireworks that require a source of ignition like a match or lighter.  If it has to be lit, it is part of the ban. 

Fireworks may be purchased and discharged (with restrictions) on private property ONLY in Airway Heights, Deer Park and Medical Lake during certain periods on the 4th of July only.  Children should never be allowed to handle fireworks without adult supervision.  Sparklers can reach 1,800 degrees, a very dangerous thing in the hands of a young child.  Keep to safe areas like paved driveways and gravel lots, and keep a charged water hose at the site.  BE ADVISED - Fireworks users may be held financially responsible for any damaging fires they spark. 

Purchasing fireworks online is illegal
within the state of Washington.  The use of websites such as Craigslist to acquire fireworks is also forbidden.  Approved fireworks can only be purchased from a licensed fireworks dealer during the legal sales period (which may vary depending on local ordinances). 

Fireworks are prohibited year-round in most public lands, including national forests, wildlife refuges, parks and Bureau of Land Management lands, as well as state wildlife lands. 

Fines for violating the State and local fireworks laws:  City of Spokane, $513.  Spokane County, up to $1,000, based on the severity of the circumstances. 

To report illegal fireworks, call

Crime Check:   456-2233
Do NOT Call:    911 (unless it involves an emergency)

HAVE AN PET?   SCRAPS warns pet owners to leave their dogs at home, away from loud holiday displays around the 4th of July.  A dog's hearing is 10 times more sensitive than a human's, and more pets are lost on Independence Day than any other day. 

SCRAPS also reminds people to never leave dogs in cars, even with the windows cracked.  SCRAPS offers these tips for the holiday:
  • Take your dog on a long walk or hike well before the fireworks begin.
  • Keep cats in a safe place indoors, such as a bedroom or bathroom, with the door closed.
  • Distract your dog during the fireworks.  Lead him in obedience behavior to focus on something other than the noise.
  • Make sure pets have enough water on hot days.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing identification.  (The Spokesman-Review, July 2, 2015) 

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