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Make way for fireworks: Spit closed July 3, other Port areas restricted

The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to Port of Hood River property beginning July 3, when the Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club begin setting up its fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River.

On its website, the Port of Hood River issued this announcement:

The following areas will be closed or have limited access:

The Spit: The Port of Hood River will close the Spit area at noon on Thursday, July 3 until noon on Saturday, July 5.

Event Site access to Sandbar: Access to the Sandbar from the Event Site will be closed at 7 p.m. As required by the Lions Club, the Sandbar will be closed at that time to all spectators and recreationists due to fireworks. Kiteboard launching and landing from the Event Site grass will not be permitted on July 4.

Marina Beach and Marina Park: On the evening of July 4th, the sand area of the Marina Beach will close at 7 p.m. Once the Marina Park parking areas are full, “Closed” signs will be placed at the entrance and additional vehicles will not be allowed into Marina Park.

General public use of fireworks is prohibited on Port property, including the Marina and Waterfront areas. This policy is strictly enforced. Those watching fireworks from the Marina and the Waterfront are reminded the show’s conclusion usually brings heavy traffic congestion. Patience and cooperation help to ease the pressure created by the large number of vehicles attempting to exit the area at the same time.

For more information, call the Port of Hood River at 541 386-1645.

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