PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

6/30/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 063014
Subject:
Fireworks are Illegal in Long Beach Public Encouraged to See Professional Fireworks Shows Municipal Band Concerts
Contact:
Edward Kamlan
562.570.6814
Edward.Kamlan@longbeach.gov





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.