Thurston County government offices will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. All offices will reopen for regular business Tuesday, July 5.
The county’s Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) in Lacey will also be closed Monday, July 4, but will reopen for regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. Check with your waste disposal company for curbside garbage and recycling collection schedule.
The sale and discharge of fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County is strictly limited:
“We have had a wet spring, which contributed to the decision of allowing the discharge of consumer fireworks for the residents of unincorporated Thurston County,” says County Manager Ramiro Chavez. “However, the discharge of fireworks is banned in the cities of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater. Please remain aware of where you discharge fireworks. The discharge of fireworks is prohibited in county parks.”
Residents using fireworks this year are urged to have a source of water available, adult supervision, and to never re-light fireworks that did not go off the first time. For more on fireworks, safety and injury prevention, and more, please visit the county’s fireworks webpage.
“We recognize the national Fourth of July holiday is a celebration of freedom and liberty in the United States, with the discharge of fireworks as an expression of that freedom,” says Joshua Cummings, Thurston County Fire Marshal. “If you plan to discharge fireworks this year, please do so safely and with your neighbors, first responders, and surrounding communities in mind.”
Other county service information for the Independence Day holiday weekend:
9-1-1 should be used for life-threatening emergencies only.
Editors' note: The above was sent on June 27, 2022 by the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners.
CORRECTION: July 1, 2022 -- A previous version of this story showed the wrong dates for the sale and use of fireworks in unincorporated portions of the county. We regret the error.
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