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Last-minute July Fourth fireworks reminders

Enjoy this year’s July Fourth fireworks, whether you go to the city or west Boca’s display.

Both events prohibit the use of personal fireworks. And Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reminds revelers that fireworks are strictly illegal without a permit.

Boca Raton’s Fabulous Fourth Celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. with a fireworks finale at 9 p.m. The event is in Spanish River Athletic Facility/de Hoernle Park, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd. Parking is free and off-site.

Shuttles run from Boca Raton Innovation campus on Broken Sound Boulevard through 10:15 p.m. So, give yourself plenty of time to get there. A rideshare drop-off is planned at the park entrance.

Palm Beach County & West Boca Community Council’s 4th of July Celebration is in Sunset Cove Amphitheater. That venue is inside Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park and starts at 6 p.m. Fireworks are 9 p.m.

Parking is free and on-site. But if you’re just coming to see the fireworks, build a walk into your plans. PBSO will prevent access before fireworks begin. And you’re asked not to park on the roadside just to watch them.

If you’re planning to use sparklers, noisemakers and other legal novelties at home, here’s PBSO’s safety tips.

·    Use sparklers and other legal novelties on a flat, hard surface.  Do not light them on grass.

·    Use sparklers in an open area.  Keep children and pets at least 30 feet away from all ignited fireworks.

·     Only light one item at a time and never attempt to re-light a dud.

·    Don’t purchase or use any unwrapped items or items that may have been tampered with.

·    Keep a fire extinguisher or water hose on hand for emergencies.

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