Martinsburg Police Department is issuing this press release in regards to activities at and around War Memorial Park for Independence Day. Law enforcement officers from the Martinsburg Police Department, Berkeley Co. Sheriff’s Office and West Virginia State Police will be patrolling in and around the Park during the festivities and will be assisted by the Berkeley Co. Deputy Reserves. Officers will patrol on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, ATV and in vehicles. Any criminal violations, (illegal fireworks, public consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct etc.) will result in arrest or citation AND immediate removal from the park. Officers have been instructed to take a ZERO-TOLERANCE approach to infractions, in order to allow all patrons at War Memorial Park to peacefully enjoy the festivities.
Once again this year the fireworks will be launched from the Townsend property just west of Old Mill and Dry Run Roads and will begin promptly at 9:30 PM. Certain areas of northwest Martinsburg and adjourning areas in Berkeley County will have prohibitions on parking. Signage will be placed designating these areas.
The West Virginia Division of Highways will place variable message boards on Interstate 81 prior to the area of the fireworks, giving advance notice to motorists of the fireworks display. Motorists are not permitted to park or stop along I-81 to observe the fireworks. Police will closely monitor parking and traffic in the area.
Please have a SAFE and happy holiday!