PLEASE NOTE: 

The regulations are specific to where a person lives. Fireworks may only be lit on private property – beaches, parks and schools are off-limits across all of Island County. In Coupeville and Langley, residents may light fireworks ONLY between 9:00 am and 11:00 pm on July 4.

 

A message from Commissioner Helen Price Johnson:

July 4, 1776 was the historic day when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. It is for this reason, for 243 years, Americans rejoice and celebrate Independence Day. Here in District 1, there are two big community events to enjoy:

  • Wednesday, July 3Celebrate America 25th anniversary @ Freeland Park. Family activities, music, food and fireworks. No parking at the event, so be sure to use the convenient shuttle service available from the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot starting at 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 4 – Maxwelton Beach Community Club’s 125th annual 4th of July festivities. Lots of family fun here too. It is a come one, come all parade, followed by sack races, egg toss and much more. Maxwelton Road will be closed during the parade, which begins at noon. Parking and shuttle service available from the Little Brown Church at French Road starting at 10:30 a.m.

There will also be many family celebrations this week across our area. It is important to be careful with fireworks, obey the rules and please be mindful of neighbors and pets.

Fireworks rules in unincorporated Island County (Is. Co. Code 9.08A.040):

Consumer fireworks can only be discharged July 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., July 4 from 9:00 a.m. – midnight, July 5 from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m., and December 31 from 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. on Jan. 1, in Island County.

Illegal fireworks are illegal every day of the year. Remember, discharge in County Parks is not allowed and may be prohibited across all properties when the Sheriff, in his role as Fire Marshall declares a Type II burn ban.

For those who ignore this Park rule, there is an organized effort to clean up the mess made by revelers at both Double Bluff and Maxwelton Beach on July 5, with WSU Extension’s Beach Litter Clean Up program. Work parties will start at 10:00 a.m. and will run all day. For more information, please contact Stinger Anderson @ 360-941-3171.

Wherever you celebrate our country’s independence, please be respectful of our islands, and each other.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday,

Helen Price Johnson
Island County Commissioner, District 1