COMMUNITY NEWS

City of Concord to observe Independence Day
Friday, June 29, 2018

CONCORD – In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.

Customers in the Monday and Tuesday collection areas will have a normal schedule for garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection. However, customers in the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday areas will operate on a one day delay next week. Additionally, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 2. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, July 6.

Customers are reminded that items set out after 6:00 a.m. may not be located and miss collection. Customers should consider placing items at the curb after 5:00 p.m. the night before, and can visit concordnc.gov/whatsmyday to verify their collection schedule using the new ConKanCab CARTology platform.

Rider Transit will not operate on Wednesday, July 4, and will resume normal service on July 5.

City parks, greenways, Lake Fisher recreation area, and the McInnis Aquatics Center will be open on the normal schedule. The Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Recreation Centers will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on July 4.

Per the schedule established by City Council, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will sound one blast at noon on Independence Day to commemorate the birth of our nation.

While fireworks are one of the things we enjoy most about the Fourth of July, they are also one of the greatest safety concerns. Fireworks can cause serious injuries, including burns, lacerations, eye injuries, vision loss, dismemberment, and even death. Sadly, children and young adults are the majority of victims of fireworks accidents requiring emergency room treatment. Many young children suffer burns from sparklers, which are often mistakenly considered safe for kids. You can help make the holiday safe for your family and friends by ensuring that fireworks are used in a legal and appropriate manner.

The State of North Carolina and the City of Concord only allow the sale or use of certain “permissible” fireworks that do not explode, rise in the air, travel laterally on the ground, or fire projectiles into the air. These permissible fireworks may only be sold to those 16 years of age or older, and include sparklers, fountains, smoke devices, snake and glow worms, trick noisemakers such as string poppers or snappers, and toy pistol caps. These are distinguishable from other fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles, missiles, bottle rockets, and shells, which are not legal in North Carolina. Be responsible and safe while enjoying time spent with family and friends. For more information about Fireworks safety, contact the Fire Department at 704-920-5517.