A guide to the 2016 Fourth of July
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7:15 a.m. Idaho Falls FireKracker 5k Fun Run, Tautphaus Park
9:00 a.m. 4th of July Parade Parade Route (4th St./Boulevard). This year's theme: "Solute to American Heroes"
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Idaho Falls Artisans Market. Corner of Broadway & Memorial
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park
12-10 p.m. Liberty Festival on the Falls Memorial Dr.
6:00 p.m. Idaho Falls Chukars Baseball Game. Melaleuca Field
10:00 p.m. The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration & Firework Display Idaho Falls River Walk
Health Dept. License Permits
Note that the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce's event - Liberty Festival on the Falls - takes place on Memorial Drive from Broadway to the roundabout at D Street. In order to sell food & beverage in that area, you MUST be registered for the event with the Chamber of Commerce and Eastern Idaho Public Health Dept. When cooking with oils and fuels on public or private property, please comply with Fire Code Safety regulations when doing so. The Fire Marshal will be checking and verifying that cooking is handled in a safe manner, especially those selling to the public in densely populated areas along both sides of the Idaho Falls River Walk. For questions or concerns, contact Scott Grimmett, Fire Mashal at (208) 390-8791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parade General Rules & Guidelines
Rules for Performing Groups
2016 Parade Lineup
The city of Idaho Falls would like to remind citizens to pay extra attention to safety precautions during this busy day to ensure the safety of our citizens and visitors.
- Call 911 in the event of an emergency.
- Two emergency medical service command tents will be located at the corner of Broadway & Memorial Drive and Land Bank & River Parkway during the Liberty Festival & fireworks display.
- Stay out of the river – it may look refreshing on a hot day, but there are many hidden dangers.
- Keep fire lanes open on Memorial & Riverside Drive during the Liberty Festival for emergency personnel.
- No alcohol allowed in city parks or on the River Walk.
- No legal or illegal fireworks on the River Walk.
- Stay hydrated, have patience and plan accordingly.
IDAHO FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMAND POSTS
The Idaho Falls Police Command Post will be located at 10th & Boulevard during the parade and at Memorial & E. Street during the Liberty Festival on the Falls and Melaleuca Freedom Celebration. Any lost child or parent looking for a lost child should come to the command post. It will be staffed by a police officer. Officers will also be patrolling the River Walk and parade route. First responders will also be located at Memorial & Broadway as well as by the boat dock on River Parkway.
RESERVING OR "STAKING-OFF" AREAS
- Reserving or marking public areas for the purpose of obtaining a viewing location for the parade or fireworks may not occur prior to 6 a.m. on July 4.
- ANY items placed prior to 6 a.m. on July 4 will be removed and placed in the lost and found at the Parks & Recreation Department. (To retrieve any lost items, contact the department at (208) 612-8480 during regular business hours.) City offices will be closed over the weekend and on the 4th of July but will reopen on July 5.
- DO NOT drive stakes into public property as they may damage sprinkler heads, pipes or other infrastructure.
- DO NOT use materials to reserve public areas that may block or interfere with pedestrian access or vehicular traffic or block sidewalks.
- To prevent damage to city parks and other public areas, it is important that items such as – but not limited to – blankets, tarps, and pop-up tents NOT be placed on the lawn prior to 6 a.m. on July 4.
- Any green strip of lawn between the sidewalk and the street is city-owned right-of-way and therefore is public property. However, the property owner adjacent to that strip of land maintains it. Any damage to that area, such as damaged sprinkler heads, is the burden of the property owner. Please respect both public and personal property when viewing 4th of July activities in those areas.
- DO NOT mark off sidewalks, grass and roadways with defacing material such as any type of paint or adhesive material such as duct tape.
- Items placed on public property to designate a reservation are left at the owner's risk and do not create a guarantee that the reserved area will remain available to the person or persons who reserved the area.
- All items used to designate reserved areas MUST be removed by midnight on July 4.
Please remember that due to the activities and the increased number of people in the city, traffic will move slower, particularly in the downtown area following the fireworks display. The Idaho Falls Police Department asks residents and visitors to exercise patience during the holiday. Drivers should also slow down, relax, concentrate, and make the choice to obey all traffic laws and special holiday parking and traffic restrictions.
Downtown Parking Map
City of Idaho Falls River Walk Parking Map
- Memorial Drive, from Broadway to “E” Street, will be closed to all vehicle traffic beginning at 6 a.m., July 3. Memorial Drive will not re-open until the morning of July 5. The closure is to accommodate The Liberty Festival on the Falls.
- There will be no parking permitted on Riverside Drive from “E” Street to U.S. Highway 20 on July 4th. Riverside Drive will be closed to all vehicle traffic on July 4 from 6 p.m. until the fireworks are over and pedestrian traffic has cleared out. Only pedestrian traffic will be allowed during this closure. A fire lane will be established for emergency vehicles only. All citizens are asked to keep this area clear for emergency response during the 4th of July celebration.
- No parking will be allowed around Civitan Park – Elva from Riverside to Jefferson Ave., Jefferson Ave. and “I” Street from Elva to Temple Place – 48 hours prior to the fireworks and until after the fireworks. Vehicles and RVs parked on these streets will be towed at owner’s expense.
- Jefferson Ave. and “I” Street, from Elva to Temple Place, will be closed to all motorized vehicle traffic at 6 p.m. on July 4 until the fireworks are over and pedestrian traffic has cleared out. No parking will be allowed 48 hours prior to the fireworks. Only pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be allowed during this closure.
- River Parkway will be closed June 27 through July 5 to vehicle traffic north of the Driftwood Hotel to U.S. Highway 20.
- No parking will be allowed on U.S. Highway 20 on the grassy areas from Science Center Drive to Saturn Ave., before, during or after the fireworks show. This ban includes the interstate exits and entrances. Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed at the owner’s expense.
- After approximately 6 p.m. on July 4, exits from U.S. Highway 20 onto Lindsay Blvd., Riverside Drive and Science Center will be closed in an effort to break up traffic congestion. Northbound traffic will have to travel to the Lewisville Highway before being allowed to turn back into Idaho Falls.
- The northbound ramp at exit 119 on Interstate 15 will also be closed at the start of the fireworks.
- “E” Street traffic will be for eastbound only, both lanes, to provide egress for fireworks related traffic.
- The “island” on Riverside Drive next to Vissing Circle will be designated for handicapped parking only.
PARADE ROUTE PARKING
- The parade route will remain the same this year. It will proceed west on 4th Street from Holmes, turn south on Boulevard and end in Stonebrook, just south of Sunnyside Road. Drivers are urged to use caution in this area because of the high volume of pedestrians.
- All parking and traffic along the parade route will be restricted.
- “No parking” will be implemented starting at 4 a.m. on July 4. Any vehicle parked on the parade route at 5 a.m. on July 4 will be towed at the owner’s expense.
- All vehicles parked on 3rd and 4th streets (east of Holmes Avenue) and vehicles parked on John Adams (between Holmes and Tiger Ave) need to be moved off the roadway by July 3 at 2 p.m.
- All vehicles parked in the School District 91 office parking lot, along with vehicles parked in the Idaho Falls High School parking lot along John Adams need to move from the area by July 3 at 2 p.m.
- All motor vehicle traffic will be detoured around the parade route starting at 8 a.m. on July 4. The intersection at 17th Street and Boulevard will be interrupted twice on the 4th - once for the FireKracker 5K Fun Run and again for the parade.
As we celebrate the 4th of July we need to understand city codes that govern the use of fireworks within city limits and safety rules to ensure we have a safe and happy holiday. Residents are asked to not only follow the rules, but also show courtesy to neighbors when it comes to lighting or setting off fireworks.
Here’s a few reminders regarding fireworks:
- Fireworks can only be purchased within city limits between June 24 and July 5.
- Always remember safety when using fireworks.
- Never light fireworks inside.
- Point fireworks away from homes, and keep from brush, leaves and flammable substances. NEVER THROW FIREWORKS AT PEOPLE.
- Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
- Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
- Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Children, by state law, must be at least 16 years of age to light fireworks.
- Sparklers may seem harmless, but can cause severe injuries as sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. So, it's wise for children to be supervised while using sparklers.
- If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital.
- Residents can be cited for disturbing the peace if they are found to be causing a disturbance in neighborhoods because of fireworks.
- Under city code, the use of illegal or banned fireworks within city limits is punishable by law and anyone discharging these fireworks could face up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Illegal and banned fireworks include: firecrackers, cannon crackers, blank cartridges, skyrockets, rockets, roman candles, chasers, whistles, all torpedoes that explode by means of friction and toy cannons. Click HERE for city code.
- The city of Idaho Falls Fire Marshal has the authority to approve or disapprove various community events involving pyrotechnics and seize illegal and unauthorized fireworks and explosives.
- Fireworks of any kind will be prohibited near the main fireworks display. The restricted area will begin at Hwy 20 from Lindsay Blvd, including the properties at 970 and 950 Lindsay Blvd and on-ramp area south to include the properties at 900 Lindsay Blvd, 854 Lindsay Blvd and 850 Lindsay Blvd; and to the east to include Land Bank Street, the properties at 1020 Land Bank Street and include the John’s Hole Boat dock area and continuing east to the river.
River Walk Paths
Beginning at 4 p.m. on July 4th, the River Walk will be closed at the following locations:
- All walkways under the Hwy 20 bridge
- All walkways near the fireworks launch site on the west side of the river from John's Hole Bridge to the Land Bank Street Bridge
Restroom facilities at the boat dock will be temporarily closed from July 1-July 4. Port-a-potties will be available in the area.
Keefer's Island will be closed July 1st-4th.
John’s Hole boat dock area will be closed with restricted access July 1-5th. The river will be closed to boats and watercraft between Broadway and Hwy 20 on the 4th of July.
Volunteers are needed on July 5 for clean up. We will meet at Civitan Park by the LDS Temple on Elva at 8 a.m. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Thank you!