Use of Fourth of July fireworks better be legal, authorities warn

Fourth of July fireworks will illuminate skies across San Luis Obispo County on Sunday, but County/Cal Fire is reminding revelers that all use, sale and possession of fireworks is illegal in most of San Luis Obispo County, where violations will result in a misdemeanor citation with a $2,000 fine.

State regulated “Safe and Sane” fireworks are legal to use, sell and possess only within the following jurisdictions: San Miguel Community Services District, Templeton Community Services District, Oceano Community Services District, and the cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach.

Where fireworks are permitted, they should be used outdoors only on a smooth, flat surface away from structures, dry leaves and flammable materials. Keep a hose or bucket with water handy.

Avoid injury by taking these precautions: Never carry fireworks in a pocket; never shoot them off in metal or glass containers; don’t alter or combine fireworks; and never re-light a “dud” firework. Instead, wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, and keep pets inside to reduce fright and risk of injury.

Here is a list of Fourth of July celebrations around the county Sunday:

Arroyo Grande. 1 p.m. Village Band concert, hot dogs, lemonade and ice cream. Rotary Bandstand, Heritage Square Park. Refreshments for sale. 473-2250.

Cambria. 10 a.m. Family fun all day, food and music, followed by fireworks at dusk. Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd.

Cayucos. 5 a.m. Sand-sculpture contest, parade at 10 a.m., barbecue, bingo, followed by fireworks at dusk at the pier. Downtown. 995-1200.

Morro Bay. Noon. Bike parade (signups are at 11 a.m.), food, drink, music, followed by fireworks at dusk. Tidelands Park, south end of Embarcadero. 772-4467.

Pismo Beach. Live music, food, military bands, followed by fireworks show. Pismo beach pier. 773-4382.

San Luis Obispo. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music, barbecue, carnival games, face painting, arts and crafts. Mitchell Park. 781-7300.

Templeton. 7 a.m. Pancake breakfast, interdenominational worship at 9 a.m., parade at 10:30 a.m., games, entertainment and music. Food and beverages available. Community Park, 550 Crocker St. 434-1789.

Independence Day Holiday Closures

The following services will be affected by Independence Day on Sunday:

• All libraries and federal, state, county, city and community-service district offices are closed Monday. The San Luis Obispo City/County library will close Tuesday, as well.

• Cal Poly's Kennedy Library is closed Saturday through Monday.

• Post offices are closed Monday, with no delivery, except Express Mail.

• Cal Poly and Cuesta College are closed Monday.

• The Tribune offices are closed Monday.

• Bank closures vary.