Public fireworks show safest choice

Jun 27, 2012

The City of Everett is urging residents to celebrate the Fourth of July by watching a public fireworks display instead of launching fireworks at home.

Owning and setting off fireworks at home is illegal in most Snohomish County cities, and it’s also dangerous.  Police will be on the lookout this year for fireworks violations.

In cities that have banned home fireworks displays, police and fire officials have seen a steady drop in fire loss and injuries.

The use of fireworks can result in major injuries such as severe burns, scars and disfigurement. Even simple fireworks like sparklers, mistakenly thought to be safe, can cause severe burns because they, and most other brightly burning displays, burn at temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are plenty of 4th of July activities in the City of Everett.

Everett's Colors of Freedom Fourth of July Celebration includes:

GET THERE QUICK: Don't fuss, take the bus to all the events! Park at Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave., in downtown Everett and hop on a free Everett Transit bus.

Schedule of events:

8:30 a.m.
 Yankee Doodle Dash

Everett Family YMCA 
2720 Rockefeller Ave.
For more information contact the YMCA at 425-258-9211 or visit www.ymca-snoco.org

11 a.m.
 July 4th Parade

Colby and Wetmore avenues between Wall and 26th streets. Bring a chair and grab a front row seat for the best show in town.  Enjoy marching bands, dance and drill teams, giant puppets, stilt walkers, clowns and more.

10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
 Fire on Ice

Comcast Community Ice Rink, 2000 Hewitt Ave. 
Ice skating for the entire family. $4 open skate (includes skate rental).  www.comcastarenaeverett.com

1 – 3 p.m.
 Fun in the Sun Street Fair

First Baptist Church of Everett parking lots, Wetmore between Pacific and 32nd. Free entertainment featuring inflatable play structures, pony rides, live music and antique car show. www.fbc-everett.org

Noon to 4 p.m.
 Imagine Children’s Museum

Imagine Children's Museum, 1502 Wall St.
Celebrate a Star Spangled 4th of July with Imagine Children’s Museum.  Military families receive free Museum admission and all other visitors enjoy buy-one-get-one-free admission.  Children 12 months and under free.  General admission $7.75.
www.ImagineCM.org

Everett Police Department Open House

noon – 4 p.m.
 3002 Wetmore Ave.
 Receive a “Passport to the Police” and search the police department building maze.  Meet detectives, crime scene investigators, robots and k-9 officers.  Meet Colby the Crime Prevention Dog.  Complete the passport and receive a prize. 
www.everettpolice.org

Colors of Freedom Festival

Legion Memorial Park
 145 Alverson. 
Enjoy a family picnic on the grassy bluff overlooking Port Gardner Bay.  Free kids’ activities, a food fair, live music.  Catch the free Everett Transit shuttle at the Everett Community College Broadway lot of at Everett Station.
www.enjoyeverett.org

10:20 p.m. 
"Thunder on the Bay" Fireworks

Extravaganza
 Viewing Areas:
 Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd
. Grand Avenue Park, 1800 Grand Ave.

Tune to Classic Country 1520 AM for a radio simulcast of music to the fireworks.  There is no parking available at Legion Memorial Park on July 4th, so please take Everett Transit.

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