FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2012
Karrie Spitzer, Community Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, (253) 591-5790
With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the City would like to remind residents of services rescheduled or postponed due to the holiday as well as road closures associated with Freedom Fair. Additionally, please note that fireworks are prohibited within Tacoma city limits by City Ordinance.
City of Tacoma administrative offices will close on July 4, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday. There will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste pickup on July 4 – collection will be one day late this week. Customers whose collection day is normally Friday will have a Saturday pickup. The City of Tacoma’s landfill, recycling center and household hazardous waste facility will also be closed July 4. Customers with solid waste related questions can call (253) 591-5543.
All fireworks are illegal within the Tacoma city limits. Violators of the fireworks law are subject to a fine and the confiscation of their fireworks. Most fireworks violations are class 2 civil infractions and can result in a $257 fine; citizens using fireworks are also subject to arrest for other charges (i.e. arson, reckless burning, and assault). Fireworks are only permissible within city limits when a permit has been issued for a sanctioned public event. Citizens can report fireworks violations from June 29 – July 4 by calling (253) 798-4722. If the fireworks violation appears to put people or property in immediate danger, call 911. The Tacoma Police Department will have special enforcement patrols and regular patrols to respond to fireworks-related calls.
The following is a list of the major road closures scheduled for the Fourth of July. Most of the closures will take place starting at noon and will re-open after the fireworks display.
Street closures scheduled for Wednesday include:
• North 30th Street: at North Alder Street
• Schuster Parkway: at South 4th Street
• Interstate-705: Schuster Parkway exit ramp
• North 36th Street: at Lawrence Street
• Waterview Street
• North Ferdinand Street: at North 48th Street
• Ruston Way: at North 49th Street and Schuster Parkway (Ruston Way will also be closed at the first new traffic circle north bound at Point Ruston)
• McCarver Street: at Tacoma Avenue
• Starr Street: at Tacoma Avenue
• Carr Street: at Tacoma Avenue