Archive for July 1st, 2016

Rules About Fireworks in State Parks

Friday, July 1st, 2016
Fireworks over San Jacinto Monument

Fireworks over San Jacinto Monument

This is Passport to Texas

The July Fourth weekend is upon us, and with it comes fireworks.

Yet when celebrating our nation’s birthday at Texas state parks: bring the barbeque, watermelon and the outdoor games…but leave the fireworks at home. Sorry folks.

It is a Class C misdemeanor to possess fireworks in State Parks. Now, we’re really not trying to put a damper on your Independence Day fun, it’s just that parks are no place for things that explode. And the only things that should be sparkling at night are the stars above.

Within the state park system we have a variety of wildlife and plant life… and despite the rains we’ve had this spring…devastating wildfires can flare up with a single runaway spark and destroy it all.

Moreover, many visitors choose a state park setting to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city soundscape. And they cannot abide the big booms and rat-a-tat-tat of these holiday explosives. And we want everyone to enjoy themselves in state parks.

And if you enjoy fireworks, some State Parks do facilitate public pyrotechnic displays. And you can find out which ones will be whooping it up this July Fourth weekend when you log onto the Texas parks and Wildlife website.

That’s our show for today… Funding provided in part by Ram Trucks. Guts. Glory. Ram

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.