Join Us For Lakewood’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration: Plan Ahead, Have Fun, Be SafeJuly 01, 2015
The Fourth of July is big celebration in Lakewood. The day kicks off with the Fourth of July Parade on Lake Avenue; live entertainment at the Lakewood Park bandstand; and fireworks after the sun goes down.
But this year, there are a few changes in the staging of the events.
Construction work at the park will shift the location of the fireworks discharge area; that means that the fallout/safety area will also be moved. The Lakewood Fire Department has determined that the Kiwanis Club Pavilion and Kids’ Cove playground areas will have to be closed during the entire holiday.
In the past, these two areas have been used extensively for children’s activities as well as shelter from the weather and for grilling. “We realize this may significantly impact your plans for shelter, food preparation, and keeping small children occupied,” said Lakewood Police Capt. Gary Sprague. “So please adjust your plans accordingly.”
To ensure the events are successful and safe, the city also has a few rules for residents to keep in mind.
“We want citizens and visitors to enjoy Lakewood Park on the Fourth of July,” said Mayor Michael Summers. “With an estimated 20,000 in attendance, it’s easily the busiest day of the year for Lakewood Park. But safety is our No. 1 priority. We added some security measures to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July celebration.”
The following rules will be in effect at Lakewood Park on July 4, 2015:
- All generators, propane and gas fueled grills are prohibited.
- All tents, shelters, and beach umbrellas are prohibited.
- Police may conduct searches of bags and containers for reasons of public safety.
- No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time throughout the year.
- No personal fireworks. This includes novelty fireworks like sparklers and smoke bombs
- No dogs or pets of any kind will be permitted in the park on July 4th.
- The skate park, tennis courts, and basketball courts are expected to close at 9 p.m., but may close earlier.