Washington State Parks and community partners on Washington’s ocean beaches are encouraging safe and responsible seaside celebrations over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
In 2016, network partners on the Long Beach Peninsula created a “Beach-Friendly Fourth” marketing campaign to help make certain the protection of humans and wildlife and the cleanliness of seaside areas and flora and fauna habitat over the vacation. This 12 months, the marketing campaign has elevated to the beaches north and south of Grays Harbor.
Beach-Friendly Fourth partners in Long Beach include the “Not a Ban—a Better Plan” community organization, the City of Long Beach, Pacific County Sheriff’s Department, Grass Roots Garbage Gang, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific County, the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau, the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce and Washington State Parks.
South beaches partners include the City of Westport, Grays Harbor County, Surfrider, CoastSavers, Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce and South Beach Regional Fire Authority.
North beaches companions encompass the City of Ocean Shores, Ocean Shores Fire and Rescue, Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean Shores Police Department, Grays Harbor Fire Districts Seven and Eight and CoastSavers.
State Parks manages 60 miles of ocean seaside in the Seashore Conservation Area, in part via ranger personnel assigned to country parks along Washington’s ocean beaches.
State Parks rangers will patrol the seashore on July four, to provide schooling and enforcement. The Beach-Friendly Fourth partners welcome site visitors over the holiday, with the following reminders:
Use current campgrounds and accommodations — it’s miles illegal to camp on the seaside.
Respect any burn bans. If no ban is in region, fires ought to be a hundred feet from dunes and plant life and no large than 4 feet with the aid of four feet.
Respect any seashore closures to defend flora and fauna and marine habitat.
Use most effective felony fireworks; study fireworks hours over the vacation.
June 28: Noon to eleven p.M.
June 29 to July 3: 9 a.M. To 11 p.M.
July four: 9 a.M. To nighttime
July 5: 9 a.M. To eleven p.M.
The City of Ocean Shores permits fireworks handiest July 2 and 3, noon to eleven p.M. And July 4, midday to nighttime, and only among Damon Road and Marine View Drive.
Use restrooms. Please do no longer use dunes as a lavatory.
Respect neighborhoods and personal assets.
Pack out and as it should be cast off all rubbish.
James Roubal of Washington CoastSavers urges July four seaside goers to shield our oceans against marine litter pollution through properly casting off rubbish. Extra dumpsters have been made available for comfort.
“Packing out the trash is in particular vital this July 4,” said Roubal. “High tide is at 2 a.M. July five, so park personnel and volunteers gained’t have a threat to easy up before all that rubbish is washed out to sea.”
In addition to retaining the first-rate of our oceans, Roubal added, “It’s critical to save you animals from ingesting seashore debris and doubtlessly becoming entangled in it.”
A reminder to motorists: Be aware about tides, and don’t park low on the seashore. Cars can get stuck in sand, and park team of workers and volunteers aren’t geared up to rescue motors. Responder agencies will be busy with different Fourth of July obligations. A excessive quantity of humans and cars at the seashore July Fourth can thwart motorists looking to move their vehicles.