Celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States of America but be sure you’re still around on July 5th!
Leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Any fireworks that explode or move, or which contain any of a number of toxic substances (e.g. mercury, phosphorous, gunpowder, sulfer) are illegal in Washington DC. Sparklers under 20 inches in length are permitted but make sure you have a working fire extinguisher handy to smother any sparks.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
If you are going to drink alchol, alternate one alcoholic drink with one of water, Alchol can dehydrate you, which places you at risk for serious problems in the summer heat.
Stay off the roof!
The roofs of most Foggy Bottom townhouses are not designed to support the weight of people. They are easy to damage and expensive to repair and that repair cost will come out of your security deposit. Falling off a roof is a real danger, especially if one’s reflexes are slowed by adult beverages.
Keep the weed inside!
While the District has relaxed its laws regarding the possession of marijuana, it is still illegal to smoke weed outside. And remember that much of our city’s property and possessing or using marijuna on federal property is still prohibited.
Be considerate about the noise!
We live on top of one another here in Foggy Bottom and the West End, and noise carries. Please keep that in mind during your celebrations even during the day. Loud noises can disturb children, startle most dogs, and represent a violation of GW’s Code of Conduct. Remember too that DC’s Noise at Night Law — which prohibits any noise that might reasonably be expected to disturb another person in his or her residence between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am — still applies even on July 4th.
Keep it clean!
Your property, that is — rats eat and drink just about anything — they love beer and they are always looking for piles of trash and debris to use as shelter. We’ve already had one puppy die because of a bacterial infection borne by rats — an infection that can harm humans as well. Take a few minutes before you head to bed to pick up bottles, cans, cups, and other trash and place them in a proper containers with tight fitting lids. Trash and recycling will be collected Friday morning, July 3rd, and trash will be collected again on Tuesday morning, July 7th.
You can fit lots more cans and cups into your recycling containers if you stomp them flat first.
Thank You! And Happy Birthday, USA!