Jackson police are trying to avoid a repeat of what happened last July 4, when a 28-year-old man blew off his fingers while trying to set off fireworks at a home in east Jackson.
“Personal fireworks are illegal in Teton County,” Jackson Police Sgt. Michelle Weber reminded people. “You can be fined and your fireworks seized for setting them off.”
That’s not the only safety concern police have ahead of Thursday’s festivities, particularly the parade.
“Spectators should keep kids on the sidewalk and not creep into the roadway,” Weber said. “Last year floats had little room on Broadway because it got so narrow. We will have extra officers on foot to watch for this.”
Those who plan to attend Thursday morning’s parade and Thursday evening’s fireworks are encouraged to walk or bike to the events.
“The parade will take its usual route from Snow King to Glenwood to Broadway starting at 10:30 a.m.,” Weber said. “Snow King [Avenue] will be closed from Flat Creek to Millward this year to accommodate parade floats and entries.”
No road will be closed during the fireworks show, but officers will be directing traffic north and westbound, Weber said.
Any vehicles parked in the parade route might be towed, she warned.
Alternate transportation is strongly encouraged to avoid additional traffic backups.
“If you’re riding a bike, you are subject to the same laws as vehicles,” Weber said. “Please obey the law and the directions of officers directing traffic. You are also required to have a light and rear reflector when riding at night.”
Walkers are encouraged to wear reflective clothing or carry flashlights or glow sticks for better visibility.
If you’re planning on watching fireworks from public property, open containers of alcohol are prohibited. Police recommend moderating consumption and arranging for a designated driver ahead of time.
“Have a taxi or Uber take you home,” Weber said. “You can also walk, assuming you’re not too drunk to do so.”