After the celebration comes the clean up. And each year, after the festivities of the Fourth there is a lot of cleaning up to do in Birch Bay.
A group of people will gather to clean the beaches along Birch Bay on Friday, July 5, and all are invited to pitch in.
“We generally collect a couple tons of fireworks debris and party refuse,” said Kathy Berg, who has helped organize the annual cleanup for several years. The sheriff’s office will assist by trucking bags to a dumpster provided by the county for the cleanup.
“It usually fills up to overflowing,” Berg said.
Several thousand people annually line the bay to party, launch fireworks and celebrate the Fourth of July.
“The place is packed,” Berg said. “They have a good time with it, and it’s quite a scene.”
Many people who live along Birch Bay Drive assist in the clean up after Independence Day on their own, but Berg said anyone who wants to join in an organized effort will be provided with trash bags and an area assignment.
The group will meet at The C Shop, 4825 Alderson Road, at 9 a.m. and will clean from the mouth of Terrell Creek north to the North Cottonwood public beach. Participants are encouraged to wear gloves.