City: No parade, fireworks permit has been sought
(Bonners Ferry Herald file photo) Fireworks light up the sky above the fairgrounds at a past Fourth of July event.
BONNERS FERRY — So far, no complete parade permit has been submitted — or issued — by the city for a parade on the Fourth of July, Bonners Ferry officials said Monday.
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, city and Boundary County officials have been receiving questions about the Fourth of July as it relates to events being advertised, as well as the use of fireworks both in city limits and outside city limits, Bonners Ferry City Attorney Andrakay Pluid said.
Pluid said that, as of Monday, no complete parade permit has been submitted or issued by the city of Bonners Ferry for a parade on the Fourth of July.
“The city has been made aware of advertisement for a ‘public parade’ or ‘patriotic protest’ planned for the date,” Pluid said. “The public should be aware, that the city has no information that this event is insured in any capacity, nor has it been permitted or endorsed by the city of Bonners Ferry or Boundary County,” Pluid said. “Additionally, because no permit has been completed or issued, the typical traffic control provided by the city police will not be occurring.”
Pluid said that, as a result, street parking in the downtown won’t be restricted on the Fourth of July, nor will street closures occur.
“Participants in any protest or ‘public parade’ should be aware that any personal injury or property damage that may occur will likely be the responsibility of the individual causing such injury as there is no insurance coverage provided by a governmental entity or any private organization to date,” Pluid said.
Boundary County Parks and Recreation managed facilities at the fairgrounds have also not been rented to any organization for the Fourth of July, she added.
Any parade application submitted to the city by noon Thursday will be evaluated for potential approval and issuance for a parade on Saturday, July 4. Pursuant to City Code, the completed application form must include the permit fee and refundable clean-up fee as well a comprehensive general liability insurance policy in the amount of $1 million.