Coachella Valley July 4 fireworks shows

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Fireworks shows celebrating America's 236th birthday will begin Tuesday night in Riverside County, ahead of a series of parades and pyrotechnic events planned countywide on Wednesday.

Fireworks will follow the Palm Springs Power baseball game Wednesday at Palm Springs Stadium.

Power will play the Casa Grande Cotton Kings at 6:05 p.m., and the "All American Fourth of July" fireworks show, simulcast by KDES radio, will begin
at 9:15 p.m. Free admission for the fireworks starts at 8 p.m.

For information, call (760) 323-8272 or go to

Beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, fireworks shows will be held at the
following locations:

-- Beaumont, Stewart Park, Ninth Street and Orange Avenue;
-- Corona, Santana Park, 598 Santana Way;
-- La Quinta, Community Park, 77-865 Avenida Montezuma;
-- La Quinta Resort, Avenida Fernando and Eisenhower Drive;
-- Lake Elsinore, off the levee, Lakeshore Drive;
-- Moreno Valley, Morrison Park, Dracaea Avenue and Morrison Street;
-- Palm Desert, Civic Center Park, Fred Waring Drive and San Pablo Avenue;
-- Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Road;
-- Riverside, Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, 4414 14th St.;
-- Riverside, La Sierra Park, 5215 La Sierra Ave.;
-- Riverside, Mt. Rubidoux Park, 4706 Mt. Rubidoux St.;
-- San Jacinto, Valley Wide Park, 901 W. Esplanade Ave.;
-- San Jacinto Soboba Casino 23333 Soboba Road; and
-- Temecula, Ronald Reagan Sports Park, 30875 Rancho Vista Road.
-- Twentynine Palms, Luckie Park,;
-- Yucca Valley, Yucca Valley High School, 7600 Sage Ave.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will host a free fireworks show on Thursday.

The show is open to the public and will be accompanied by music simulcast on 106.9 FM The Eagle. People can watch the show from the area around the golf course's pro shop and parking lot, casino spokeswoman Anndee Laskoe said.

In Riverside County, residents are prohibited from using fireworks except in Blythe, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Indio, where so-called "safe and sane" fireworks can be sold to the public.

The devices, which must meet state fire marshal certification, are mostly pyrotechnics that do not explode or fly, including sparklers, ground spinners, fountains, snappers and caps. Municipalities can authorize fireworks demonstrations, and the county grants permits for fireworks shows in the
unincorporated areas.

Under county Ordinance 858, fines for illegally storing, transporting or setting off fireworks can range from $500 to $1,000. A violation is a misdemeanor. After a first offense, a repeat violator can be sentenced up to one year in jail.

According to county fire officials, any person who triggers a brush fire because of the illegal use of fireworks will be held responsible for all
firefighting costs.

San Bernardino National Forest rangers reminded visitors and campers that any type of firework is prohibited in federal preserves.

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