LAKEPORT, Calif. – The city of Lakeport is preparing to host Wednesday’s Independence Day festivities in the downtown area.
The Lakeport Main Street Association and the Lake County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a free day of events beginning at 7 a.m. July 4.
There will be a daylong street fair in Library Park between First and Third street, the cardboard/duct tape boat race and fireworks over Clear Lake at dusk.
The Lakeport Police Department said Lakeport City Hall will be a manned operational command center for this event.
During the celebration, the following roadways will be closed to vehicular traffic: All of Park Street from the south side of Third Street to the north side of First Street, and Second Street from the east side of North Main Street to Park Street.
All drivers are asked to use the utmost of care and diligence in their travels at all times while in the city of Lakeport during the July 4 celebration as there will be a heavy amount of foot traffic, especially small children and the elderly.
Lakeport is the only area of the county where safe and sane fireworks are allowed around the July 4 holiday.
The use of safe and sane fireworks within the city area limited to a small area of the public parking lot, immediately adjacent to the southeast corner of Coach Craft, which will be clearly delineated by orange cones/delineators, and any street within the incorporated area of Lakeport which does not violate any city of Lakeport ordinance, police reported.
In years past it was not uncommon to have safe and sane fireworks in the Safeway, Kmart, High Street and Shoreline Centers, and the Vista Point parking lot. However, the Lakeport Police Department said those areas are private property and law enforcement does not have the authority to grant permission for such activities.
The days and hours for the legal discharge of safe and sane fireworks for the rest of the week are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 4.
The discharge of legal safe and sane fireworks outside of these days and times is a violation of local ordinance.
The use of any type of firework other than safe and sane is a violation of both local and state law, the agency reported.
The Lakeport Police Department can be contacted at 707-263-5491.