A Fourth of July Message from the Cleveland Division of Police and the Cleveland Metroparks

The City of Cleveland, Division of Police, along with our law enforcement partners of Cleveland Metroparks wish to promote a safe and fun Fourth of July. In the spirit of safety and responsibility, municipal codes involving fireworks, noise and alcohol in public will be strictly enforced.

Fireworks pose a serious threat when not handled properly. However, illegal fireworks pose an even greater threat to those using or storing them and revelers. Illegal fireworks are notoriously unreliable and dangerous, and can quickly turn a holiday into a tragic day. The vast majority of injuries occur during the weeks leading up to and following the Fourth of July. For a safe and fun Fourth of July, leave the fireworks to the experts, as the discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks, are illegal in the City of Cleveland.

Unnecessary noise complaints will be investigated and violators will be cited as: 605.10(b)(10) “the discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks” as a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. Violations of this section after having been warned within 36 hours of a second occurrence are a misdemeanor of the third degree. Violations of this section during any dates of June 15 through July 15 inclusive are a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Cleveland Metroparks welcomes holiday visitors to the new Lakefront Reservation, which includes Edgewater Beach, E. 55th Street Marina and Gordon Park (72nd Street Boat Ramp) in addition to newly acquired Wildwood Park, Villa Angela Park and Euclid Beach Park in Euclid Creek Reservation. Expect to see Cleveland Metroparks Rangers on patrol. The Rangers have full law enforcement authority in the parks and surrounding areas. They will enforce all regulations and state laws to ensure the safety of visitors. Rangers will be on foot, on bikes, in patrol cruisers, with the K-9s and on horseback. In particular Rangers will be looking for violations concerning disorderly conduct, pets off leash, drug abuse, alcohol abuse (alcohol is not
permitted in the park), theft, driving under suspension and warrant violations. A complete list of park regulations is available at http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com. The Ranger Department looks forward to working with the Cleveland Police Department and other law enforcement agencies
to ensure everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday.

In addition, if you plan to consume alcohol, choose a designated driver, take a taxi or use public transportation. Open container laws will be enforced throughout the city and within the parks system.