The Bryan Aquatic Center (BAC) will reopen to patrons on a limited basis beginning July 6. The BAC will open to guests at least 18 years and older to participate in lap swimming and certain programs only; there will be no recreational pool use at this time.
Residents looking for ways to celebrate the Independence Day holiday should ensure they do so safely and in accordance with City of Bryan laws.
In the City of Bryan, the possession, storage, sale, use and discharge of fireworks of all types are prohibited. This includes all types of consumer fireworks, including firecrackers, smoke bombs, fountains, sparklers, poppers and roman candles.
These regulations are in place to ensure the safety of our community. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions Fireworks Annual Report, more than 19,500 fires are started by fireworks annually, and more than 9,100 fireworks injuries are treated in emergency rooms in the month surrounding July 4 each year. Of those injuries, sparklers – which burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit – account for roughly ¼ of emergency room visits.
One safe way to view fireworks within Bryan city limits is to attend a professional show. This year, Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus is hosting a drive-in fireworks show on July 4, and everyone in the community is invited to attend in their vehicles or watch on TV.
If you still want to celebrate at home, the National Fire Protection Association has some recommendations of safe ways to do so:
- Use glow sticks as a fun, colorful alternative.
- Try noise makers from a local party supply store to make a loud and proud statement.
- Red, white and blue silly string can bring a patriotic feel to home celebrations.
If you notice illegal fireworks being discharged in your neighborhood, you can call the dispatch non-emergency number, 979.361.3888.