City Advises Fireworks are Illegal in Long Beach, Suggests Many Alternatives

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Queen Mary Fireworks Show

The Queen Mary 4th of July Firework display.

With the 4th of July holiday rapidly approaching, the City of Long Beach is reminding people that all fireworks are illegal and dangerous, and encouraging people to attend a professional fireworks show, which is the best way to enjoy fireworks with your family and friends.

Several professional fireworks shows are held throughout the region, including:

  • Thursday, July 3 – Fireworks Show over the water in Alamitos Bay. Free parking. Special dining/entertainment packages are available for viewing fireworks.
  • Friday, July 4 – Fireworks Show with Long Beach Municipal Band Concert, Veterans Stadium, 4901 E. Conant Dr. Free admittance; parking $10. Program begins at 5:00 pm; Municipal Band performs at 7:30 pm.
  • Friday, July 4 – Concert, picnic and views of fireworks shows in the area. Willow Springs Park, 2745 Orange Ave. (between Spring and Willow streets) Program begins at 5:00 pm; Bernie Pearl Band performs at 7:00 pm. Free admission; free parking/shuttles.
  • Friday, July 4 – Fireworks Show at the Queen Mary.

The Long Beach Municipal Band will also perform patriotic music at the following concerts, beginning at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted:

  • Tuesday, July 1 – Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton St.
  • Wednesday, July 2 – Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave.
  • Thursday, July 3 – Marine Stadium, Appian Way (between 2nd & Colorado)
  • Friday, July 4 – Veterans Stadium (at 7:30 PM)

Here’s a sobering look at the dangers of fireworks from the National Fire Protection Association:

Fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 fires, eight deaths, dozens of injuries and an estimated $36 million in direct property damage in 2010.

U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks-related injuries in 2010.

Fireworks and sparklers are designed to explode or throw off showers of hot sparks, with temperatures that can exceed 1,200 degrees.

Fireworks are more than twice as likely to injure children ages 5-14 than the general population.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety does report some promising news; for the past several years, there has been a decreasing trend in the fireworks injury rates. A major reason has been the increasing popularity of professional fireworks shows.

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