Your Guide to New Years Eve Activities and Fireworks in Wasilla, Palmer and Houston Alaska
Fireworks used to be off limits in Palmer and Wasilla but they are now legal with a few common sense guidelines. I remember growing up in Wasilla and going with friends to Houston to buy fireworks that were not legal to shoot off when we got back home. We (if I remember correctly) could shoot them off in Houston only but it was always a bit confusing. Thankfully, it is a little better spelled out now.
In Wasilla,the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce and Matanuska Telephone Association have partnered together to bring us a glorious firework show on New Years Eve. The fireworks display is on 12-31-2010 and it begins at 8:00 PM on Wasilla Lake. If you have your own fireworks to display they are now legal in the city limits and the borough but in a limited capacity and for a limited time. Information for private fireworks use inside the each city (Palmer, Wasilla Houston as well as the Mat-Su Borough is provided a little further down this page.
In Palmer,we have not found any information on a hosted firework display, but we do know that Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers are meeting at 1:00PM on New Years Eve to ski or snowshoe Archangel Trail. They have offered to meet at Turner's Store and carpool in or meet at Archangel at 1:45. VMBAH suggests that you bring water, snacks and appropriate winter clothing and your ski or snowshoe gear. The trail is said to be an is an easy to moderate ski or snowshoe along the unplowed Archangel Road/Trail. It may or may not be groomed at that time. They plan on going at least a couple miles one-way, depending on the snow conditions and weather. The New Years Eve celebration can continue with the 'Apres ski' also. Plan to linger in Hatcher Pass for a apres ski at the Hatcher Pass Lodge - a little warm food, drink and conversation will be a great way to end the day (and year!) - or linger a bit more for dinner if you have the time.
According to their website, VMBAH is a recreational trail advocacy group based in Mat-Su. They are dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of sustainable trails for hikers and mountain bikers throughout the Matanuska -Susitna Valley. FOr more information, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In Houston, a little birdie told us that the Houston Lodge will be celebrating with the band Steelhead beginning at 9:00 PM at the lodge. So you can ring in the new year with a mix of rock, country and blues!
Now for the rules, laws, codes and ordinances for each community. Because each varies, we decided to offer a 'snapshot' into each. If you have any questions on any of them, you can call the city police or AST for assistance. Remember to play it safe and use common sense-they are explosives, they do burn and they make loud noises that can scare little ones and pets. It is always a good idea to bring ear plugs for the little ones, keep water close just in case, have a sober adult supervise, and leave the pets safe at home.
The City of Wasilla website offers the following as New Years Eve firework stipulations:
Permitted between 6 p.m. December 31 and 1 a.m. January 1. 2011
- Must be used on private property, with permission from property owner.
- Prohibited within 50 feet of lakes and other waterways within the city.
- Prohibited within 500 feet of automotive shops, gas stations and places where flammable liquids are stored.
- Prohibited within 250 feet of churches, libraries, schools and health care facilities.
- Prohibited within or from any structure or vehicle.
- Prohibited if state Forestry Division declares a burn ban.
If you have your own fireworks to display inside the city limits of Palmer, they are now legal but, like in Wasilla, it is in a limited capacity. The City of Palmer ordinances state the following regarding the use of fireworks:
As far as the city of Houston ordinances go, the Houston Municipal Code outlines the following for firework use and purchase:
- It is unlawful for any person to explode any fireworks, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, within any City park or upon any public property or rights-of-way.
- Subject to any limitations in other sections of this chapter, a person may use saleable fireworks within the City for personal and private use on real property owned by the person, or on real property owned by another with prior consent of the property owner.
- The sale of fireworks to any person under the age of 18 is prohibited. It is unlawful for persons under 18 years of age to purchase fireworks. Purchasers of fireworks must show proof of age upon request by seller.
- The sale of the following types of saleable fireworks is prohibited: pop bottle rockets.
- It is unlawful for any person under the influence of alcohol to discharge fireworks. The penalty for violation of HMC 8.05.040.E may result in seizure of the fireworks and/or a fine of up to #300.
- It is unlawful for any person to negligently or unlawfully discharge fireworks in a manner that could reasonably cause harm to life and property. Any such use, ignition, detonation or explosion of fireworks may result in seizure of the fireworks and/or a fine of up to $300.
If you are not inside the city limits of Wasilla, Palmer or Houston and do not fall under the specific city codes and ordinances, the Mat-Su Borough has restrictions also. They do resemble the city standards but, just in case you missed it, here they are:
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