Wilkesville Veterans

A group of veterans were featured in the 2019 Wilkesville Fourth of July Parade representing various military branches.

WILKESVILLE — Preparations for Wilkseville’s annual Fourth of July parade are underway now less than two weeks from the celebration.

This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful,” with registration starting at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. parade held on Monday, July 4.

Prizes will be awarded to the entering winners of each float category, which include Best Church Float, Most Unique Entry, Best Horse Float, Best Old Car and Best Kids’ Float.

The parade comes as Ohioans will be legally permitted to discharge 1.4G consumer fireworks on certain holidays thanks to a new state law. Beginning next month, the law would be allow Ohioans to use fireworks on July 3 through July 5 and the subsequent weekend from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Other holidays included are Labor Day weekend, Diwali, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day weekend, and Juneteenth.

Consumers can discharge fireworks on their own property or on another person’s property if the owner of that property has given express permission for fireworks to be discharged.

However, no person under the age of 18 is permitted to handle or discharge fireworks. Additionally, only fireworks purchased in the state may be discharged in Ohio.

Other provisions carried by the law include:

  • Persons under the age of 18 cannot be within 150 feet of the discharge point of aerial fireworks.
  • No person can use fireworks while in possession or control of, or under the influence of, any intoxicating liquor, beer, or controlled substance. A person who violates this is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • Aerial devices cannot be discharged within 150 feet of spectators (this includes aerial shells, roman candles, cakes, and bottle rockets).
  • Non-aerial devices cannot be discharged within 50 feet of spectators (this includes fountains, firecrackers, and ground effect devices). These separation distances – for both aerial and non-aerial devices – are increased for certain types of locations such as hospitals, schools, healthcare and residential facilities, apartment and multi-tenant buildings, military installations and railroads.
  • No person can store in excess of 125 pounds (net weight of pyrotechnic composition) of fireworks unless they have additional safety measures and safeguards in place for such storage.
  • Fireworks cannot be discharged indoors.
  • Fireworks cannot be aimed at or discharged toward any person or object (such as buildings).
  • Fireworks cannot be discharged on public property or private school property.
  • Fireworks cannot be discharged if drought conditions exist or in an area where a red flag warning is in place or other weather hazard exists.

Those questions pertaining to the parade are told contact Wilkesville council president Samantha Mahon at 740-918-2366 or Wilkesville Mayor Matt Smith at 740-507-4432.

Contact Patrick Keck at pkeck@vintonjacksoncourier.com or by phone at 740-947-2149, ext. 300431 and follow him on Twitter @pkeckreporter.

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