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Media contact: Ruth Ruiz, (714) 765-5060 office, (714) 420-7797 mobile
ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 25, 2014) – Independence Day is a holiday all of us look forward to celebrating. Whether spending time with family and friends at home or at a special event, the City of Anaheim would like to encourage the community to honor America while minimizing the risk for fire or injury.
Please take a moment to review the following tips and ideas on celebrating Independence Day this year:
· There are numerous approved fireworks displays and Independence Day celebrations for all to enjoy, such as the Angels Baseball game (6:05 p.m.) and the Anaheim Hills Community Council day-long celebration featuring the Firecracker 5K/10K run, dog show, food and entertainment, parade with Grand Marshal retired Anaheim Police K9 Bruno, and more.
· Anaheim does interface with wildland fire danger areas, and with the beauty of nature comes the risk of wildfires. Anaheim Fire & Rescue advises all residents to do their part to mitigate the potential for fires.
· California is experiencing severe drought conditions, and illegal fireworks present great danger and risk for quickly spreading fires, injury, or worse.
· The possession, sale or use of fireworks without a permit is prohibited by law in the City of Anaheim.
· If you suspect the use of illegal fireworks, please call 911.
Recently voters passed Measure E, a ballot measure that repeals the current ban on the use of “safe and sane” fireworks in Anaheim. Measure E will not take effect until at least July 26, 2014, in accordance with election results certification. Fireworks (including “safe and sane” fireworks) are not legal in Anaheim at this time.
As a result, over this 4th of July weekend, the Anaheim Police Department will be enforcing the current firework ban. Further, as specifically stated in Measure E, violation of the firework ban prior to the effective date of Measure E may lead to prosecution by the City Attorney.
To learn more about the Fourth of July events offered by the Anaheim Hills Community Council, please visit http://www.anaheimhillscommunitycouncil.org.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.