City of Cleveland Offers Tips for a Safe Fourth of July

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams are reminding residents to have a happy Fourth of July and stay safe while enjoying the holiday.

Local Travel Tips

On July 4 the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) and Lyft are partnering to help individuals attend the many Independence Day celebrations in the region. For more information about using RTA on the Fourth of July, visit the RTA website: http://bit.ly/2KwR2dyThere will be no parking restrictions downtown on July 4 but parking will be at a premium Visitor to the downtown are encouraged to use alternative transportation. Come for the fun and entertainment and enjoy all Cleveland has to offer in food, fun, and activities.For those driving to Edgewater Park to observe fireworks display they may be affected by temporary road closures. Beginning at9:15 p.m. on July 4, access from I-90 to Route 2 westbound will end from Dead Man’s Curve to Edgewater Park. Access to Route 2 eastbound from Lake Avenue and Clifton Avenue to the West 3rd Street eastbound entrance ramp will end.

Fireworks, Celebratory Gunfire and Excessive Noise

In the spirit of safety and responsibility, municipal codes involving fireworks, noise and alcohol in public will be strictly enforced.Fireworks pose a serious threat when not handled properly. Illegal fireworks pose an even greater threat to those using or storing them and to revelers. Illegal fireworks are notoriously unreliable and dangerous. The vast majority of injuries occur during the weeks leading up to and following the Fourth of July. For a safe and fun Fourth of July, leave the fireworks to the experts. The discharge, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks (except novelty or trick fireworks) is illegal in the City of Cleveland.Celebratory gunfire is not only illegal, it is also dangerous. Remember the saying, “what goes up must come down.” Firing weapons irresponsibly can cause death, serious injury and damage to property. Anyone found to be discharging a firearm within city limits will be arrested.Excessive noise complaints will be investigated and violators will be cited: “The discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks” is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. Violations of this section after having been warned within 36 hours of a second occurrence are a misdemeanor of the third degree. Violations of this section during any dates of June 15 through July 15 inclusive are a misdemeanor of the third degree.

City Parks and Metroparks

City parks and those throughout the Cleveland Metroparks system are places to enjoy holiday fun. Ordinances involving disorderly conduct, pets off a leash, drug abuse, alcohol abuse (alcohol is not permitted in the parks), theft, and Operating a Vehicle under the Influence (OVI) offenses will be strictly enforced on city streets and throughout the parks.Although no OVI checkpoints are scheduled for the holiday, there will be an enhanced awareness regarding OVI offenses. For those who consume alcohol, choose a designated driver, take a taxi or use public transportation. Open container laws will be enforced throughout the city and within the parks system.

Staying Cool

City outdoor pools are open on July 4. Spray basins will be open and remain open if the temperature is 80 degrees or higher. Click here for a list of indoor and outdoor pool locations. Additional tips for staying safe in the heat: • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine. • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes during hot weather. • Cover your head with a hat and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. • Keep cool in the shade. If you don’t have air conditioning, visit cool areas like a recreation center or library on high heat days. Click here for a list of summer recreation center activities.• Always check on friends and neighbors, especially those who are seniors or have young children. Click here to download the Department of Aging’s summer heat booklet for more senior tips. • Keep an eye on pets! Make sure pets have access to plenty of shade and have plenty of water. Be careful when walking pets on asphalt, as sensitive pet paws can be burned on hot surfaces. • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. •Recognize the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke