Protecting your pets during Fourth of July fireworks


Law enforcement and fire officials in Southern California have warned residents this week about the dangers of illegal fireworks ahead of Independence Day.

On Wednesday, the City of Santa Barbara hosts its all-day Fourth of July festivities along the waterfront. This is an ongoing list. Injuries related to fireworks most often affect the hands and fingers.

The event is free to the public and will include music and inspirational live speakers at the Downtown Square after parade. Fireworks will kick off at about 9:45 p.m. Please start lining up at 10:00 and the parade will start promptly at 10:30 a.m.

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Brooksville: It's $10 for admission, $5 for ages 4-12, and free for those under the age of 3 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. The new law allows for the legal purchase and use of fireworks that shoot into the air. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the block party is free. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Working with its nonprofit partner, local musicians will bring fun summer sounds and patriotic music to a West Beach stage, and food vendors will stage along Cabrillo Boulevard from State to Castillo streets from noon to 9 p.m. Music, a downtown parade, a kid's carnival, and a "Let Freedom Run 5k" take place before the evening's fireworks display.

Recent wildfires throughout OR have caused State Fire Marshal Jim Walker to reissue safety warnings for fireworks usage, even though numerous blazes were lightning-caused and the cause is still being investigated on others.

Ridgetop - Fireworks may be used between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. from June 20 to July 5 and December 10 to January 2. Events begin at 4 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Parking is available for $5. Fireworks display at Lone Pine State Park. Craft and food vendors, music, boat rides and family friendly entertainment throughout the day.

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Shepherdstown will hold a Fourth of July parade, which will begin on German Street at 11 a.m. The best place to watch for those inside the park is in the Metropolis Park district near the Great American Scream Machine and Sky Coaster. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure you've removed any fragile items. Fireworks at 9 p.m.

Children 10 and younger, partaking in the firework festivities, must have a supervising adult within 10-feet, in order to control the application of flame or other means to discharge the firework.

The Pomona Fairplex will be home to monster trucks, motocross and a Red, White and BOOM fireworks display. Holiday and peak daily parking is $20 per auto.

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