4th of July – Be Aware, Be Safe, Be Clean

I was going to write a piece about the 4th of July, and then came across this great Article from last year, by our Past President, John Gargett. He did a fabulous job, so for those who missed it or would like a reminder, here you go…Thanks John!
Also, Birch Bay Clean Up Day July 5th 8am – 12pm at 7900 Birch Bay Drive
For more information, call 360-371-5004
4th of July – Be Aware, Be Safe, Be Clean by John Gargett
4th of julyThe 4th of July in Birch Bay is certainly an eagerly anticipated event by people who love fireworks.  However, not everyone loves fireworks, they can be dangerous to people and pets, noisy and pollute our bay.  Let’s remember that while fireworks are part of the 4th of July, that they should be used with care and responsibly.


Again this year Birch Bay will have a strong presence of our Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and our Fire Department.  There will be a command center on the beach in the middle of the bay, officers will be patrolling on foot, as well as in vehicles, and the fire department will be staging equipment in several locations.  Their primary job is to help ensure public safety.  In this NWFRLogoregard, they will be on the lookout for intoxication, open use of liquor in public areas, illegal fireworks, as well as responding to incidents should they arise.

All of us have a role in helping ensure we have a 4th of July that is focused on family, friends and safe use of fireworks:

  • Know the laws. Communities typically have different fireworks ordinances; check the fireworks safety website for a complete breakdown of local laws and regulations.
  • Avoid illegal fireworks. Licensed retailers are only allowed to sell legal fireworks. Check with local police or fire departments to determine which fireworks are permitted and visit the Fireworks Ban or Restricted Sales/Use list for statewide sales and discharge periods.
  • Exercise safety. Never place any body parts directly over fireworks when lighting and ensure that proper adult supervision is available when children are involved.
  • Be prepared. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a mishap; read instructions and warning labels carefully before igniting.
  • Don’t pollute. When festivities are over, clean up the area; pour water over extinguished fireworks to prevent fire and dispose of litter properly.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office also has provided two great information sheets produced by the Washington State Patrol Fire Protection Bureau that you can print out and use to help guide you on the safe use of fireworks:

  1. Fireworks Safety Do’s and Don’ts
  2. Fireworks Stand List of Legal and Illegal Fireworks

While fireworks in Birch Bay are legal (See hours below), remember to:

  1. Be Aware of yourself, family, friends as well as those around you.
  2. Be Safe by being responsible with fire works:
    1. Have a bucket of water or hose available.
    2. Assist the Fire Department and Sheriff if needed.
    3. Do not use fireworks if you have been drinking.
    4. Keep a clear distance from others when using fireworks.
  3. Be Clean by removing all used fireworks from the beach and putting in your garbage, and on the morning of the 5th, walk the beach and pick up debris.

Have a safe and enjoyable family 4th of July, and please, also remember that the 4th of July is also a time to reflect on the importance of the day as part of our Nation’s history.

RCW 70.77.395 (State Law) – Fireworks sales and discharge laws. Dates and times common fireworks may be sold or discharged.

Sales Period
Discharge Period
June 28th
12 p.m. (noon) to 11 p.m.
12 p.m. (noon) to 11 p.m.
June 29th to July 3rd
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
July 4th
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
9 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)
July 5th
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July

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