The City of Statesboro’s City Hall and all other municipal buildings will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020, in observance of Independence Day. The City will resume normal operations on Monday, July 6. Though city buildings will be closed, utility payments can still be made online at municipalonlinepayments.com/statesboroga/ and traffic tickets can also be paid online at www.statesboroga.governmentwindow.com/ticket.html. Residential and commercial waste collection will take place during regularly scheduled times. There will be no yard waste collection Friday, July 3.

Citizens are encouraged to have a fire-safe fourth by leaving the fireworks to the professionals.  To avoid the risk of injury and property damage, it is recommended to attend a public display put on by trained and licensed professionals. As a reminder, the Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation Department has postponed this year’s annual fireworks display to Labor Day weekend over COVID-19 concerns.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than twice the number of fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day of the year in the United States. Two out of five of these fires are caused by fireworks. It is important to check county and city ordinances and restrictions regarding firework use. In the state of Georgia, fireworks can be ignited from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 3 and July 4.  If consumer fireworks are legal where you live, you should light the fireworks on a flat, smooth surface, outside, away from any flammable materials and houses. Children shouldn’t handle fireworks, including sparklers.  Sparklers can reach temperatures as high as 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and can stay hot even when they’ve burned out.

Citizens planning to celebrate the holiday weekend with alcohol should plan to have a designated driver for themselves or guests they are hosting. According to the United States Department of Transportation, July Fourth is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. There are many rideshare options available for citizens partaking in alcohol such as Uber and Lyft. If you see a suspected drunk driver on the road, you should contact the Statesboro Police Department or Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department. The legal age for consuming alcohol in the state of Georgia is 21 years of age.

The City of Statesboro wishes all of its citizens a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday weekend.