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City announces July 4 celebration, safety guidelines

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As the Fourth of July holiday nears, the city of Roswell is announcing plans for its annual celebration and warning people about safe and legal firework use for private purposes.

Event brings country music duo, vendors

The city and the Roswell SERTOMA Club are holding the Mike Satterfield Memorial 20th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza to celebrate Independence Day at an event held at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area, (1612 W. College Blvd.), from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 4.

The 30-minute fireworks display will begin about 9:15 p.m. and will feature patriotic music simulcast on HOT 97.1 FM.

The free extravaganza features jolly jumps and a trackless train for the kids, as well as local food vendors.

Music performances begin at 6:15 p.m when Roswell-raised Kristine Mirelle takes the stage. At 7:30 p.m., the festivities will be headlined by The Swon Brothers, a country-music duo from Oklahoma who rose to fame in 2013 on television’s “The Voice.”

The event honors the late Mike Satterfield, a SERTOMA Club member who was instrumental in reviving the city event in 1997 and securing funding from the club. He also ensured that Roswell Fire Department personnel played key roles in setting up and firing off the pyrotechnics.

Other sponsors of the event are the Holiday Inn and Oasis restaurant, Chef Toddzilla’s Gourmet Burgers, Antigua Cocina Mexicana, Hot 97 KBCQ, 104.7 KMOU, and Lots of Laughs LLC.

More information about the event is available from the City of Roswell Public Affairs Department, 637-3054.

An additional event on July 4 is offered for veterans. The Elks Lodge #969 (1720 N. Montana Ave.) is hosting a free barbecue for veterans and their families from 4 to 7 p.m.

Road and Parking Recommendations

West College Boulevard adjacent to Cielo Grande Recreation Area will be closed during the fireworks show. To avoid parking complications, people are asked to arrive early.

As motorists leave the area following the fireworks show, they are asked to be aware of and follow the directions of signs and police officers directing traffic, as various streets will be closed and detours will be in place to create a traffic flow that will allow people to efficiently exit the area.

It is also recommended spectators bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. For safety reasons, people should not bring their own fireworks or their pets.

Safe and legal fireworks use

The Roswell Fire Department has provided the following information regarding fireworks use this holiday season.

• Leave fireworks to the professionals: The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays. If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.

• Be extra careful with sparklers: Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun, but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.

• Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.

• Take necessary precautions: Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.

• Be prepared for an accident or injury: Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it. Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly. If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this might cause even more damage.

Legal fireworks

Ground and hand-held sparkling and smoke devices: Cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, toy smoke devices and wheels.

Aerial devices: Mines, Roman candles and shells.

Illegal fireworks in Roswell

Bottle rockets, Saturn missile batteries and all other missile fireworks, and all fireworks that make a ground-level bang or sound.