Fourth of July and Summer Safety: Keep Your Summer Safe and Happy

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard want to remind residents to celebrate this Fourth of July and summer season safely and responsibly. As we all know, celebrations around the globe were cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As the City of Cleveland begins to reopen, safety officials provide guidelines to ensure a happy and safe holiday weekend.

Travel Tips

On July 4, 2021, parking will be at a premium downtown and in and around parks and gathering places. Those intending to travel to parks and gathering places to see the fireworks display are encouraged to leave early and/or utilize public transportation. Visit the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s site for bus routes and holiday schedules.  


The normal Warehouse and Entertainment District parking bans will be in effect over the holiday weekend. Parking restrictions begin on Friday, July 2, 2021 at 9:00pm and will lift on Monday, July 5, 2021 at 4:30am. 

If you plan to drive to Edgewater Park to observe the fireworks display, be aware of the following temporary road closures: beginning at 8:30 p.m. on July 4, 2021, access from I-90 to Route 2 westbound will close from Dead Man’s Curve to Edgewater Park. In addition, access to Route 2 eastbound from Lake Avenue and Clifton Avenue to the West 3rd Street eastbound entrance ramp will close.

Fireworks, Celebratory Gunfire and Unnecessary Noise

In the spirit of safety and responsibility, municipal codes involving fireworks and unnecessary noise will be strictly enforced.

Fireworks pose a serious threat when not handled properly and cause many fires and severe injuries each year. Illegal fireworks pose an even greater threat to those using or storing them and to revelers. Illegal fireworks are notoriously unreliable and dangerous, and can quickly turn a holiday into a tragic day. 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 of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks (except novelty or trick fireworks) is illegal in the City of Cleveland.

Two of five house fires on Independence Day are a result of fireworks. 

Celebratory gunfire is extremely dangerous. “What goes up must come down,” firing weapons irresponsibly can cause death, serious injury and damage to property.

Unnecessary 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. 

The Cleveland Division of Police reminds the public that policing is a partnership and our citizens are our eyes and ears. We need your help to solve crimes in your neighborhood. Citizens can always report anonymously: anonymous information can be given to CrimeStoppers by calling 216-252-7463 or via text message: text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Child Safety

When attending crowded events with children, it is important to establish a family reunification point should you become separated from your group. If a child becomes lost in a crowd, call 911 and report them missing to law enforcement. Tell children that if they become lost, they should look for someone in uniform for help. Watch children closely at events where fireworks are used. Never let children handle fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees! Don’t let children handle something so dangerous. 

Heat Related Emergencies

Heat related emergencies occur when the body is unable to cool itself anymore and is most common when someone becomes dehydrated and the weather is hot and humid. The elderly, very young and people with chronic medical conditions are the most susceptible.

  • There are 3 types of heat emergencies: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 
    • Heat cramps are muscle cramps in the abdomen, arms and legs, and can be treated by stopping activity, moving to a cool location, drinking fluids. 
    • Heat exhaustion is characterized by weakness, headache, dizziness and possible nausea and vomiting.  Any of these symptoms should be treated by stopping activity, removing clothing, passively cooling the person and providing fluids. 
    • Heat stroke is a medical emergency and has symptoms similar to a stroke with confusion, dizziness, slurred speech, seizures and unresponsiveness.  If this occurs you should call 9-1-1 immediately and quickly cool the person. 
  • Do your best to avoid becoming overheated! On hot days avoid strenuous activity when possible.  Wear loose clothing, stay in a cool location if possible, and drink plenty of fluids.  Check in on the elderly and watch children closely.  These emergencies can come on and progress quickly; if you see any signs of heat illness in yourself or others be sure to stop activity and cool down.

Grilling Safety

Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors, at least three feet away from a home, deck railings and away from eaves or overhanging tree branches. Keep kids and pets at least three feet from a hot grill. Never leave a grill unattended. Remember to start a gas grill with the lid open and shut it off at the tank upon completion. Never add lighter fuel or flammable liquid to the flames of a charcoal grill. Let the coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container.

Fire Hydrant Safety

Do NOT open fire hydrants for any reason. An open hydrant can diminish the amount of water available at another hydrant for a fire emergency.

Pet Safety

Be mindful of the health of pets in the warmer weather: 

  • Never leave your pet in the car in the summer, leave your pet at home!
  • ​Keep your pets indoors when it is extremely hot.
  • When outside, make sure your pets always have access to water and shade.
  • Don’t let your pets linger on hot asphalt, it can burn their paws. If it is too hot for your hand, it is too hot for their paws.
  • Watch for signs of heat stress: increased thirst, excessive panting, pasty saliva, unresponsive/confused.

Leave your pets inside if there are fireworks. Fireworks can scare pets, causing them to run away.