Pancakes, parades and fireworks for July Fourth in Southwest Colorado

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Pancakes, parades and fireworks for July Fourth in Southwest Colorado

Region offers abundance of ways to celebrate
Members of the Durango Fire Protection District carry a huge American Flag down Main Avenue during the 2015 Fourth of July parade in Durango.
Fire restrictions in place

With high fire danger in the region, authorities are urging the public to be cautious with the use of fire for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.
“We want everybody to be safe,” said Karola Hanks, fire marshal for Durango Fire Protection District.
Because of the increasing potential of wildfire, Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect in La Plata County south of U.S. Highway 160 at 6 a.m. Friday, Hanks said. These restrictions allow for the use of charcoal and gas grills at private residences but prohibits recreational fires outside of fire pits and the use of those fireworks normally allowed under Colorado law.
Colorado has strict fireworks regulations, Hanks said. “To put it in simple terms, if the fireworks lift off the ground or go boom they are not legal in the state of Colorado.”
The Forest Service encourages people to be careful with fire throughout the summer as Stage 1 restrictions also are in place on private lands in nearby Montezuma and Archuleta counties.
Safety reminders were also offered, including:
Ensure fires are out before leaving your campsite, and keep water and a shovel on hand in case campfires get out of control.Do not park cars over dry vegetation, as exhaust systems can be hot enough to ignite fires.Make sure smoking materials are properly extinguished.In addition, the Forest Service reminds the public that use of fireworks on national forest lands is prohibited by law and can result in a $5,000 fine and up to six months in prison.
Source: U.S. Forest Service and Durango Fire Protection District

Flag regulations

Planning to display the American flag for Independence Day? Here are a few tips from the U.S. Flag Code:
Fly flags only from sunrise to sundown unless it is properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.Flags should not be displayed on days of inclement weather unless it is made of all-weather material.Flags should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle. If displayed on a vehicle, the staff should be fixed firmly to the chassis or the right fender. Flags displayed on a float in a parade must be flown from a staff.No flag should be placed above it. If the American flag is displayed with the flag of another nation, the flags should be on separate staffs of equal height.When displayed horizontally or at an angle, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless flown at half staff.If displayed on a wall the union should be to the observer’s left.The flag should never touch anything beneath it such as the ground, floor, water or merchandise if displayed in a retail setting.The flag should never be used as apparel, bedding or drapery. Clothing that is decorated to emulate the American flag is permissible under the U.S. Flag Code.Source: American Legion at Legion.org

Pancakes, parades and fireworks for July Fourth in Southwest Colorado

Members of the Durango Fire Protection District carry a huge American Flag down Main Avenue during the 2015 Fourth of July parade in Durango.
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