The city has established a festival district for the upcoming American Legion Fourth of July fireworks display at the Fairgrounds area.
That designation means that no animals of any kind will be permitted on the grounds during the event Thursday, July 4, Police Chief Ken Hahn said.
The boundaries for the festival district are: South Lakeshore Drive to the south; Grand Avenue to the west; Tiemann Drive to the east; and North Park Drive to the north.
The festival district will be in effect July 4 from noon until 11:59 p.m.
People bringing animals to festival events first will be given a warning to remove the animal. If they don’t comply they will be subject to arrest under city codes and could face penalties of up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500, Hahn explained
The law does not apply to animals on private property within a festival district’s boundaries.
“This designation helps insure the safety of all citizens attending the event,” Hahn noted. “Animals can become very excited in large crowds and may instinctively bite someone even though they are usually very docile. This exact thing happened at one of our prior festivals.”