CPD: Safety tips for Fourth of July
Independence Day is finally here, and Newton County is ready to celebrate.
This year’s Independence Day festivities are expected to be bigger and better than last year. In Covington, $30,000 worth of fireworks are expected to hit the sky and at least 8,000 people are expected to make their way to the Square, according to Officer Allan Seebaran of the Covington Police Department (CPD).
“The City of Covington puts on this event each year on the Fourth for our community so that everyone can enjoy the holiday,” Seebaran said.
For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, the CDP provided a few tips and rules for those enjoying the festivities. First, no golf carts or personal grills are allowed inside the barricades of the Square. This is to ensure safety of everyone gathering in the area, as not much space will be available given the large amounts of expected people.
Seebaran also emphasized that everyone should be mindful of the weather.
“With it being summertime, the heat is a
factor and should be taken into consideration when coming to the Square,” he said. It is essential everyone remain sufficiently hydrated and eat whenever they can.
There is also a chance of rain or a thunderstorm with lightning. CPD urges that everyone have a plan to seek shelter for their family should a storm or rain come. Also be mindful that there is limited shelter on the square.
“From the City of Covington and the Covington Police Department,” said Officer Seebaran, “we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday.”
The city of Porterdale will also host festivities on the Fourth, and they have a few guidelines of their own. According to Mayor Arline Chapman, a new ordinance covering the downtown business district, from the gymnasium to the bridge along Main Street, allows open containers puchased from nearby restaurants during the Fourth of July celebration and picnic. A wristband or special-colored cup is used to show the holder purchased the beverage at approved retailer.
“We’ll have plenty of police,” said Chief Jason Cripps. “We’re launching our new bike patrol and launching a new uniform for officers. We’ll be here; we’ll have golf carts.”
There will be food vendors during the celebration, and because the crowds are expected to be smaller than in Covington, visitors will be able to see the fireworks anywhere downtown.
“Come and enjoy yourself,” said Cripps.