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Tips for a safe Fourth of July

Post Date:06/28/2024

With the Fourth of July approaching, Carlsbad is gearing up for a busy holiday weekend. The Carlsbad Police Department and lifeguard service are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community. Here are some essential tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Safety tips for celebrations

  • Fireworks: discharging fireworks is illegal and can cause fires. Attending professionally organized fireworks displays is always a safer option.
  • Responsible drinking: Designate a driver or use rideshare services if you plan to drink. Providing alcohol to minors is prohibited under the city's Social Host Ordinance. Report drunk drivers by calling 911.
  • Traffic safety: Record travel numbers are expected for the holiday, so plan for heavier than normal traffic. Give yourself extra time to get where you need to go and look twice for people biking and walking. If you’re biking, remember to wear your helmet, stay aware of your surroundings and follow the rules of the road.
  • Pet safety: Keep your pets secure, especially if you won't be home. If a pet gets lost or you find a lost pet, the San Diego Humane Society can assist in reuniting pets with their owners.

Beach safety guidance

  • Crowds: Expect large crowds, especially at our beaches. Bring your sunscreen and patience.
  • Rules and regulations: Alcohol and pets are not permitted on city beaches. Fires are allowed only in designated fire pits.
  • Personal security: Secure your vehicle and personal belongings. Do not leave valuables in your car.
  • Water conditions: Check for signage when you arrive, including signs showing rip current locations. Swim near a lifeguard tower. Check our beach safety page for more information.
  • Litter: Help keep our beaches clean by picking up after yourself.

Report suspicious activity by calling our 24-Hour Non-Emergency Hotline at 442-339-2197.

Thank you for helping to make this a safe and secure holiday for all.

Emergencies: 9-1-1
24-Hour Non-Emergency Hotline: 442-339-2197
Email police@carlsbadca.gov

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