4th Of July - Celebrate Safely!
According to a recent NFPA report, an estimated 17,800 reported fires were started in the U.S. with fireworks in 2011 alone, with nearly 9,000 fireworks-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms.
Fireworks are illegal in all parts of unincorporated Santa Cruz County, including areas covered by the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District, which includes Aptos, La Selva Beach, Day Valley and Rio Del Mar. Fireworks purchased in Watsonville shall remain and be used only within the city limits of Watsonville. Please check out their safety guidelines here. Use of fireworks outside of Watsonville city limits can result in fines of $1000.
Safe and fun activities for the 4th include: The Worlds Shortest Parade on Soquel Drive (near State Park), the La Selva Beach 4th of July Parade, the "Party in the Park" event at Aptos Village Park, the Firecracker 5k/10k race at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz, or the professionally produced fireworks show at Skypark in Scotts Valley.
For more information on local 4th of July events, visit the Aptos Chamber of Commerce website at http://aptoschamber.com/event/4th-of-july-festivities/
NOTE: The A/LSFD Admin Office will be closed on July 4th for the holiday. Please call the Sheriff's office to report any sightings of illegal fireworks. Messages left on the Admin. phone will not be heard until the following Monday.