Fourth of July parades, fireworks shows planned countywide

RIVERSIDE – Parades and fireworks celebrating America’s 237th birthday are planned throughout Riverside County tomorrow.

Independence Day parades will be held in Corona, La Quinta, San Jacinto and Temecula .

The Corona ”Main Street U.S.A Parade” will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ontario and Main streets, featuring law enforcement units, fire engines, marching bands, military hardware and other displays. The procession will wind up at Olive and Main streets around noon.

The city of San Jacinto will be marking not only the nation’s birthday but that of the municipality, which was established 125 years ago. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Midway Street and San Jacinto Avenue, with tractors, classic cars and members from each military branch participating. The procession will travel seven blocks, with a finale at Valley Wide Regional Park.

Temecula’s Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Old Town Front Street at Second Street. Entrants include the Temecula Valley Mounted Posse, the Old Town Temecula Gunfighters, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4089, American Legion Post 852, Pacific Coast Magic, the Riverside County Fire Department and the Boy Scouts of America.

The parade route runs six blocks north to Sam Hicks Monument Park.

The city of La Quinta will be holding its parade at 7 p.m., just ahead of a pyrotechnics extravaganza. The parade will begin in Old Town, in the 78- 100 block of Main Street, and conclude at La Quinta Community Park, 77865 Avendia Montezuma.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, fireworks shows will be held at the following locations:

— Beaumont, Stewart Park, Ninth Street and Orange Avenue;

— Canyon Lake, Railroad Canyon Road;

— Corona, Santana Park, 598 Santana Way;

— La Quinta Resort, 49-499 Eisenhower Drive;

— La Quinta, Community Park, 77-865 Avenida Montezuma;

— Lake Elsinore, off the levee, Lakeshore Drive;

— Moreno Valley, Morrison Park, Dracaea Avenue and Morrison Street;

— Palm Desert, Civic Center Park, Fred Waring Drive and San Pablo Avenue;

— Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Road;

— Riverside, La Sierra Park, 5215 La Sierra Ave.;

— Riverside, Mt. Rubidoux Park, 4706 Mt. Rubidoux St.;

— San Jacinto, Valley Wide Park, 901 W. Esplanade Ave.;

— Temecula, Ronald Reagan Sports Park, 30875 Rancho Vista Road; and

— Temecula, Vail Lake Resort, 38000 Highway 79.

In Riverside County, private parties are prohibited from using fireworks except in Blythe, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Indio, where so-called ”safe and sane” fireworks can be sold to the public.

The devices, which must meet state fire marshal certification, are mostly pyrotechnics that do not explode or fly, including sparklers, ground spinners, fountains, snappers and caps. Municipalities can authorize fireworks demonstrations, and the county grants permits for fireworks shows in the unincorporated areas.

Under county Ordinance 858, fines for illegally storing, transporting or setting off fireworks can range from $500 to $1,000. A violation is a misdemeanor. After a first offense, a repeat violator can be sentenced up to one year in jail.

According to county fire officials, any person who triggers a brush fire because of the illegal use of fireworks will be held responsible for all suppression costs.

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