Anacortes has a long tradition of fabulous Fourth of July celebrations. A great parade, a nice ceremony and community picnic at Causland Park, The Rock the Dock concert at Seafarer’s Park, and of course the community fireworks show over Fidalgo Bay. It is the Police Department’s mission to help ensure your safety over the holiday season.
We have just a few reminders for you to help make your Fourth of July holiday a safe one. All fireworks are illegal in Anacortes all the time. With the dry conditions we have had the past month, our fire danger is extremely high. The City of Anacortes has a burn ban in effect as well. Officers will be issuing infractions to anyone who is discharging fireworks in the City. Please, for everyone’s safety, refrain from this activity.
We hope you all come out to the parade on Commercial Ave. A reminder to those in the parade, do not throw candy from moving vehicles. We recommend people walk alongside moving vehicles and hand candy to the kids. Parents, please do not let your children run into the street to retrieve candy.
Because of the heat, people are prone to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, especially our children and elderly residents. Drink lots of water and find shade when possible. Avoid alcoholic beverages while out in the heat. As always, APD will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
Last, you may have heard some of the stories on the national news lately about extremist threats to Fourth of July celebrations. There are no credible threats in our area, but we do ask that any suspicious activity or unattended backpacks, luggage, or packages in public areas be reported to the police just as a precaution.
I am grateful to live in the United States and in such a great community. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.
Bonnie Bowers, Chief of Police