Since the reality that only five percent of all fires are intentionally set, that leaves us with the grim fact that ninety-five percent of those fires
are accidental. With firework season upon us, Everett Police would like to remind everybody that fireworks are illegal in Everett, and there are
very good reasons why; with just about $12 billion dollars a year in accidental fire damage and thousands of deaths, it’s wise to leave the handling
of explosives to the professionals.

Here are some local activities you can do, in order to safely enjoy the holiday.

Tune into our favorite local classic country station, KXA 1520 on the dial or here at the for a simulcast of the Thunder On The Bay Fireworks.
The show begins at 10:20 pm, and has viewing areas at the Festival Lawn at Legion Memorial Park, Grand Avenue Park, or anywhere along the Everett
Marina District. According to the City of Everett’s website, there is no parking at Legion Memorial, so be prepared to be dropped off by a friend
or city Transit. If you have a friend with a residence within the viewing area, and with excellent taste in music, you are very lucky indeed!

Colors of Freedom Festival will take place at Legion Memorial Park, beginning at 1:00 pm. Again, there’s no parking, so take the free
shuttle from the EvCC Broadway lot or from the Everett Station on Smith, which includes wheelchair service. There are free children’s activities,
a beer garden, food fair, and plenty of room to spread out a blanket and enjoy each other’s company, to be topped off with the Thunder On the Bay
show to be enjoyed after dark. Bring Fido, but keep him leashed, and your own propane or charcoal grills can come along for the trip as well.

Begin your Independence Day with the Colors of Freedom Parade, between Colby and Wetmore, and Wall and 26th. Bring your
favorite lawn chair and sunscreen, your grandkids and your camera, and belly up to the curb to enjoy drill and dance teams, clowns, stilt walkers,
and local marching bands. Plus, free candy!

If you live outside of Everett and opt to indulge in putting on your own firework display, practice common sense and common courtesy, and speak up
if you see someone ignoring the basics; never mix alcohol and fireworks, never allow children to handle fireworks, stow your pets somewhere they’re
safe and feel comfortable and keep a bucket of water and primed hose near-by. Those precautions are just among the very many needed to keep you and yours safe for the holiday.

Lastly, as the Everett Post reported last year, Be Mindful of Combat Veterans this Fourth of July. Fireworks can be very triggering to those who have served our country in combat; the smell of burned powder, the shrill whistle
of a bottle rocket seeming to echo the sound of a mortar, or just the pop-pop-pop of seemingly harmless small fireworks can bring up overwhelming
memories of gunfire. The United States Department of Veteran Affairs reports that just about 20% of all post-9/11 veterans suffer from Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder, and with the very high saturation of active duty and retired service members in our area, you’re likely to be near to someone
you may affect.

Lastly, more pets are lost during the Fourth of July celebrations than any other day of the year, or multiple holidays combined. Even if your pet is
well-trained, they may not be easily recalled when they’re spooked. Even a well-trained animal can lose their wits when they’re frightened, just
as we can, so be cognizant of their needs while your celebrations are underway. Be safe, Everett!