While Sheboygan’s official Independence Day activities have been canceled, the Sheboygan Police Department wishes to remind residents that there are several ordinances that may impact how they choose to celebrate the 4th this year.
First, due to the cancellation, there will be no fires allowed on city beaches outside of the permanent fire rings. As in past years, excavations such as pits or trenches are prohibited on the beach as well.
Possession and consumption of alcohol is also not allowed on any city beach, and without the festival events at Deland Park there will be no alcohol allowed in the grass area to the south of the pier walkway this year. Alcohol is allowed in Cleveland Park, End Park, Evergreen Park, King Park (excluding the beach), Kiwanis Park, Lakeview Park and Veterans’ Park. Glass containers also remain prohibited in all city parks, including all beach areas.
Pets are not allowed on city beaches except for the beach at Lakeview Park. Pets may also be on the recreational trail along the lakefront provided they are on a leash. Leashed pets are also allowed at Lakeview Park, North Point Park (north of the northernmost jetty), the North Point Overlook, and Area 8 of Kiwanis Park.
Finally, fireworks pose a significant risk of fire and injury and are prohibited from possessing or discharging within the City of Sheboygan. This includes anything designed to explode or emit sparks, including sparklers. While many people may wish to replace the official fireworks with their own display, officers will be investigating and strictly enforcing violations of the fireworks ordinance.
With these reminders, we hope to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Independence Day celebration.