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. www.boathouseonthebay.com
- 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. www.queenmary.com
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.