How to Celebrate 4th of July Safely During Coronavirus
Many 4th of July events around San Bernardino County have been postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the traditional city-sponsored fireworks displays in Chino, Fontana, Ontario, Redlands, Rialto, Yucca Valley and Yucaipa.
However, that does not mean you still can’t have a great Independence Day. Here are some ideas for celebrating safely:
- Go to a farm that has U-Pick berries
- Go camping in your backyard
- Watch a patriotic movie outside
- Plan a soda float social with your family
- Take a family bike ride
- Play patriotic games
If viewing fireworks is still desired, there are some cities moving forward with their firework displays including Apple Valley, Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Rancho Cucamonga, Twentynine Palms, and Victorville. While the fireworks may still go off, these cities will not have a “public gathering” component of their celebrations. It is recommended to check those cities social media sites or visit their website for updates or cancellations.
“Safe and Sane” fireworks (the kind at the corner firework stands) are only allowed in the following cities: Adelanto, Chino, Colton, Needles and Rialto, as well as specific locations in Fontana, Grand Terrace, and San Bernardino.
All fireworks are illegal elsewhere in the County, including all unincorporated areas. And any fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal anywhere in California.
Persons who possess or use illegal fireworks will be ticketed. Fire and law enforcement agencies will be conducting operations this year to stop illegal fireworks with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense with the possibility of arrest. Property owners may be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property.