(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander City Council unanimously approved waiving the open container ordinance once again for the Fourth of July. Waiving the ordinance is a tradition in town that many see go hand in hand with day’s festivities of the parade and fireworks.
Lander Police Chief Jim Carey, before the vote, told the council that every year he receives complaints from some residents and alcohol abuse prevention groups about the effect waiving the open container has. He said he generally gets the most complaints on July 5, after people have had bad experiences.
Councilman Cade Maestas made sure to note that waiving the open container ordinance does not make it legal to be publicly intoxicated nor does it make it legal drive under the influence. He said in general the open container law is in place to make sure those other two things happen. However, if someone is responsible, having an open beer in public does no direct harm.
The waiver of the open container law is only in effect for 15 hours on July Fourth. It starts at 9 a.m. that day and ends at midnight.