Did you know that the population of the original 13 colonies in 1776 at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence was 2.5 million people? The population of the United States today is more than 326 million. Did you know that Congress did not establish the Fourth of July as a national holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was adopted? Did you know that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the 2nd and 3rd Presidents of the United States, died on the same day, July 4, 1826 on the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration? The Founding Fathers left us a legacy and a blueprint for self-government that remains unrivaled in the world. There is much for us as Americans to be proud of and good reason to celebrate the nation’s 241st birthday.
The parking lot at Weiser High School has become a site that some local citizens use to celebrate the Fourth of July, setting off fireworks, while waiting for the local fireworks display.
The Weiser Board of Trustees is not opposed to the use of the facility for this purpose but we do ask people who choose to use the parking lot for their celebrations to follow a few simple guidelines:
Please stay as far away from the buildings as possible
- Please pick up and dispose of your refuse at the end of the evening
- Please use only legal fireworks – meaning non-aerial fireworks. Non-aerial is defined in Idaho Code (39-2602) as “any fireworks designed to remain on or near the ground and not to travel outside a fifteen (15) foot diameter circle or emit sparks or other burning material which lands outside a twenty (20) foot diameter circle or above a height of twenty (20) feet”.
Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor but a more important consideration is simply to protect the high school facility from any unintended fire hazard. We share in the desire of the public to celebrate the Fourth of July in customary ways, but we would also like to protect our schools from any dangerous fireworks displays. We thank you for your cooperation in participating in safe and enjoyable ways to celebrate the nation’s birthday, its democratic traditions, and its tenets of personal freedom and responsibility.
Wil Overgaard, Superintendent