Celebrate 4th of July SafetyRelease Date: 2019-05-30
The City of Long Beach wants everyone to enjoy the holidays. And in order to keep the City’s residents and visitors safe, only permitted professional fireworks shows are allowed. All personal fireworks, even those deemed “safe and sane,” are illegal in the City of Long Beach.
Call Long Beach Police Department at (562) 435-6711 or 9-1-1 if you observe dangerous or illegal activities.
MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 18.48.01.
Anyone cited or arrested for fireworks violations may be faced with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to jail for six months, or both.
Amateur fireworks, including sparklers, cause tens of millions of dollars annually in property damage, and result in many injuries, the majority of which are suffered by children. Fireworks set off in residential neighborhoods can trigger flashbacks for veterans and gun violence survivors experiencing PTSD. The noise also creates panic for many animals, and shelters fill with runaway pets every year.
Ways to Celebrate Safely
Have a fireworks-free BBQ
Take a trip to a State or National Park
Spend the day at the beach
Connect with neighbors with a permitted block party
Host a movie marathon
Go for a bike ride
Have a water-balloon fight
Enjoy a picnic in the park
Create patriotic crafts like these Confetti Launchers or this 4th of July Slime
Have a dance party with glow sticks or fiber optic wands