By Jill Richardson
This day brings thousands, up to about 18,000, people to Melba for the Fourth of July Celebration. Graciously, the city and residents volunteer time, space and money to pull this legendary day off each year. When it is all over another crew comes in to clean up and what a chore that can be. This little town overflows with guests and then returns to the quiet serene country style is was just a few days before. To make it come off without a hitch, it takes a little consideration from everyone.
The Old Tyme Fourth of July Committee asks for residents and guests to please be kind and responsible on this day. “Respect the rights of private property owners and use the trash cans provided for your trash,” said Committee Chairman Sam Preisler.
Canyon County Sheriff provides security during the celebration and the committee does hire their own security as well. The committee wants nothing more than to have a fun filled family event successfully celebrated for years to come in Melba.
Please be mindful of a few codes, laws and requests to help make this day a success. Parking is free at many churches and around the schools. Please parallel Park where available to make for the most available parking. There are large designated parking areas for a fee for convenience, as well.
City code declares drinking of beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages or intoxicating liquors to be a nuisance when same is done in a public street, inside an automobile, or outside a bar or business establishment in an area beyond which the bar or business establishment has been specifically designated for such drinking. In other words, drink on the bar property or private property with permission, not in the streets or public right of ways.
Possession or use of alcohol, tobacco and firearms is forbidden at or near the school property. A majority of the events are put on at the school property. Please remember and obey the laws in place. They apply even when school
is not in session.
The committee asks, for safety; please let them do the fireworks for you. Do not bring your own.
“We’ll provide the fireworks; you provide the ooo’s and awe’s.”- Unknown.