Plans continue to grow for this Sunday’s city fireworks exhibit, celebrating Independence Day.
Many local individuals, organizations and businesses are joining together to make this a special day, according to Carol Johnson, event chair.
There is no cost to attend the event, which includes entertainment, kids activities and a memorial service honoring fallen soldiers culminating with a 9 p.m. fireworks show at the city park.
Activities such as pony rides, face painting, wash-off tattoos, free animal balloons, food booths, liquid refreshment and a cooling station will be available starting at 3 p.m.
At press time, 15 vendors had been assigned booth space.
Parking on the grass in the inner circle will be allowed. Attendants will be on hand to direct parking. Patrons are reminded to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the grass and enjoy the fireworks show.
Entertainment will take place on the stage provided by the Pacific Partnership.
An organizer’s booth will set up near the large stage. The Pacific Fire District will set up a cooling station with a spray of water to provide relief from the heat.
Brian Knight, event emcee, will announce locations and activities throughout the afternoon and evening.
A family walking parade around the park circle will begin at 6 p.m. No skateboards or bicycles will be permitted in the parade, but strollers and wheelchairs are encouraged.
Participants, as well as vendors, are asked to dress in red, white and blue and decorate strollers and wheelchairs. Judges will be position around the park to select the most patriotic participants. Twelve prizes will be awarded.
Winner will be announced and prizes distributed immediately following the parade.
The fallen soldier ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. at the stage.
Pacific American Legion 320 Auxiliary Unit hosts the fireworks and will narrate the fallen soldier memorial, honoring the men listed on the Pacific Wall of Honor.
Timetable for the day is as follows:
• 3 p.m., activities open;
• 6 p.m., family walking-parade begins;
• 8 p.m., fallen soldier memorial;
• 9:15 p.m., fireworks show.
The fireworks exhibit will be funded by the Pacific Tourism Committee. Private funds also were raised by Johnson. Lantis Fireworks & Laser is shooting the fireworks.