The Orange Independence Day Concert and Fireworks extravaganza always draws a huge crowd, but none as large as in 2015. HERE is Kevin Arnone’s Drone Video from that event.
There were a number of situations that police, fire and security personnel had to deal with throughout the evening, including unexpected traffic and parking difficulties and then there was the “potty” situation that drove hundreds of people into the woods behind the fire line.
Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said the Orange Police met with organizers to go over the details of this year’s show so things may go easier on everyone this weekend.
Another HUGE band has been booked and if 5,000 people show up again, there will be at least 16 strategically placed “comfort stations” aka Porta Potties on the grounds as well as the regular brick bathroom facilities near the parking lot closest to the Community Center.
Unfortunately, the State has moved the fire line back a few yards, so the fairgrounds will lose some parking spaces in order to keep everyone a safe distance from the dangerous fireworks pit.
The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will assist police in traffic and security details where needed.
Everyone is asked to respect the fire line near the rear of the fairgrounds (wooded area). It is there for a reason. As we’ve seen in the past, fireworks and other explosive devices are volatile and can go off unexpectedly and take off in any direction. If you are in the woods and a firework goes off by itself you risk getting severely injured, burned or maimed.
The CERT and Fire personnel are not down there turning you away to be mean, they are doing their jobs and could very well help save your life.
AC Cuozzo said side roads will be closed and clearly marked during the event, so everyone is asked to respect the residents who live on those streets by following the rules.
He added that additional parking will be available at the Library and at Mary L. Tracy School.
If you are parked in the rear and traffic isn’t moving it may be because there are unexploded fireworks still in the tubes and BY LAW the traffic control personnel CANNOT let you drive by.
“Everyone wants to get in and out quickly and to find a great parking space,” he said. “These are things we can’t guarantee, but we ask that everyone be patient and enjoy your holiday weekend.”
On a side note, the Orange Recycling Committee asks that everyone use the recycling bins for Recyclables and trash cans for garbage only.