**Press release from the City of Spokane**
In observance of the Independence Day holiday, Spokane City Hall will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Parking meters don't have to be plugged on July 4. Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will be a day late after the Fourth of July with Thursday's pickup occurring on Friday, July 5, and Friday's on Saturday, July 6.
Here are some additional closures and cancellations:
The garbage transfer stations and the Waste-to-Energy facility will be closed on Thursday, July 4. All Spokane Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Municipal Court is closed on July 4. The Spokane City Council briefing session and legislative meeting on July 1 have been canceled because of a lack of a quorum. The Council will resume its regular schedule on Monday, July 8, meeting at 3:30 and 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Meetings also are shown live on CityCable 5 and on the City's website at www.spokanecity.org.
Meanwhile, activities abound for the weekend. Riverfront Park will host a community Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Display, with food, entertainment, rides, kid activities, and more on Thursday, July 4. In addition, the Riverfront Park attractions, including the Imax Theater, Spokane Falls Skyride, Pavilion rides, and Carousel, are open on the Fourth of July and throughout the weekend.
City pools, splash pads, and golf courses also are open. For pool and splash pad information call the Aquatics Hotline at 625-6960 or go to www.spokaneparks.org. For golf course information, please call Downriver at 327-5269, Esmeralda at 487-6291, Indian Canyon at 747-9317, and The Creek at Qualchan at 448-9317 or visit www.spokanegolf.org.
Other City-sponsored events during the Fourth of July weekend include:
Free concert in Coeur d'Alene Park in Browne's Addition on Thursday, July 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The featured musical guest is country artist Daniel Mark Faller. "Archeologist for a Day" Summer Reading Program on Friday, July 5, at 2 p.m. at the Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. www.spokanelibrary.org/index.php?page=calendar&date=2155 "The Spokane River: The Beauty and the Power" exhibit at the Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room on the Second Floor of the Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave., Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, 1 to 6 p.m. Free live music at the Manito Park Bench Café on Friday, July 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The July 5 musical act is Union Street. Friday Fun Night at Riverfront Park on Friday, July 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Amusement rides, including Enchanted Forest Mini-Golf, are $1 along with hot dogs for $1 at the Pavilion Café.
Just a reminder: Fireworks are illegal in the City of Spokane, as well as in Spokane County and the cities of Spokane Valley, Cheney, and Liberty Lake. Fireworks fines range from $513 to $1,000 for each infraction. Residents can report violations by calling Crime Check at 456-2233.
Residents can dispose of unwanted fireworks in the household hazardous waste area at the Waste-to-Energy Facility and the transfer stations. There is no disposal cost.