As plans for the July 4th “Celebrate Kirkland!” community event are finalized, the Kirkland Police and Fire Departments are encouraging residents and visitors to celebrate safely and legally. They are offering the following tips:
- Comply with the City’s fireworks ban. The sale, possession and discharge of all fireworks are prohibited within Kirkland city limits.
- Report fireworks violations. Persons observing non-emergency violations of the fireworks ban should contact NORCOM Police Dispatch at (425) 577-5656 and a Kirkland Police officer will be dispatched when available. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
- Keep pets safe. Fireworks can upset pets. Keep pets inside. Report lost and found pets to Regional Animal Services of King County at 206-296-7387 (PETS).
If you’re attending the fireworks show:
- Carpool if you can. Many activities are happening in downtown Kirkland and parking may be limited. Visitors are encouraged to carpool, ride transit or use other alternate means of transportation.
- Observe parking rules. The parking lots at Marina Park (6 a.m. – midnight), Heritage Park (6 a.m. – 2 p.m.), and Lake Street (6 a.m. -2 p.m.) will be closed on July 4th. Observe the closure of the Marina Park boat launch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (for parade) and again 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (for fireworks).
- Respect Kirkland’s parks and open spaces. Alcohol is prohibited in all public spaces, including parks.
- Stay and enjoy the fireworks show. Fireworks will blast off at approximately 10:15 p.m. from a barge on Lake Washington and will be viewable from most downtown waterfront parks. Safety zones will be established in and around downtown docks. Viewers are asked to keep clear of the safety zones and remain during the entire pyrotechnic display.
For “Celebrate Kirkland!” event information, go to www.celebratekirkland.org.