It will be a bright and loud Independence Day in the Garden-Grove-Stanton-Westminster area this Wednesday as fireworks and other observances mark the birthday of the United States of America.
The sale and discharge of “safe and sane” fireworks is legal in all three cities, although some of the details of sales and use vary from community to community.
Here’s a brief look at the guidelines.
• Garden Grove: Fireworks sales by non-profit groups in the Big Strawberry started Sunday and continued today (Monday) through Wednesday. Hours on July 1-3 are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.. On the holiday, booths may be open for sale only 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Residents are reminded that fireworks may be discharged only on private property (with the consent of the property owner) and not in streets, schools or in parks. All Garden Grove Parks will be closed at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, with sprinkler systems set to activate at 6 p.m.
Garden Grove also imposes a $1000 fine on those caught possessing or discharging illegal fireworks.
• Stanton: Safe and sane fireworks may be bought and used in this city July 1-4 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Westminster: Booths selling legal fireworks will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-3, but must close at 9 p.m. on Independence Day. Discharging fireworks is legal on residential streets adjacent to homes, but “must be done in a safe manner.” Fireworks should be no closer than 10 feet to any home, building or other structure.
A quieter July 4 observance will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday when the Shakespeare Orange County troupe reads aloud the Declaration of Independence at the Festival Amphitheatre on Main Street in Garden Grove. The public is invited and admission is free.