Certain areas in Billings will be closed for the Fourth of July beginning on Monday.
The closures include public areas along the Rimrocks, Zimmerman Park and Phipps Park and will be in effect from 8 a.m. July 3 to 8 a.m. July 5. Along the Rims, the closure runs from Main Street and west along the south side of Highway 3 to, and including, Zimmerman Park.
Vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited from using or traveling through those areas during the closure, according to a news release from the Billings Fire Department.
Castle Rock Park in the Heights will host Billings' only public fireworks display on the Fourth of July.
Billings Fire Marshal Mike Spini, in the same news release, also reminded Billings residents that the sale, possession and use of fireworks are prohibited within the city limits.
They are, however, allowed in the county outside of city limits. Spini asked that those using fireworks in rural areas use caution, be aware of the surroundings and offered the following advice:
-- Use fireworks only in the outdoors.
-- Always have water, such as a working hose or buckets of water available.
-- Only use fireworks as intended and do not change or combine them.
-- Don't relight duds. Wait 20 minutes and then soak the dud in a bucket of water.
-- Do not use fireworks in dry grass, near forests or near structures.
-- Make sure that children using fireworks are supervised by adults.
-- Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
-- Keep all parts of your body away from, and never above, fireworks while lighting.
-- Follow all local laws and rules.
-- Use common sense.