The city’s fireworks show, canceled July 1 due to extreme heat, will take place this Saturday, July 14.
Carol Johnson, fireworks chair, said she recently met with Fire Marshal Ken Prichard, who said that a break in the weather would provide favorable temperatures for fireworks this Saturday evening.
Johnson also talked with all of the previously scheduled participants and most agreed to come to the park July 14.
“We are going to have fireworks in the park on July 14,” she said. “We’re going to have pony rides and refreshment booths, and we’re going to have a patriotic family walking parade.”
The opening time of activities has been changed to 5 p.m., which is later than the previously planned time of 3 p.m., to avoid the hottest part of the day.
American Legion Auxiliary members discussed whether to hold their lengthy fallen soldier tribute this Saturday as well, but due to concerns about elderly family members invited, they decided to call it off.
“They said that even though it may not be as hot on July 14 as it was on July 1, it will be hot and they worried about the elderly relatives of the fallen soldiers in the tribute sitting there for an hour and they decided to call it off,” Johnson said. “And I agreed. We don’t want anyone getting heat stroke during the fireworks festivities.”
However, many other participants who had signed on to come to the park July 1, say they will come on July 14.
“We’ll have a full range of activities,” Johnson said. “I think we can still have the walking parade around the circle. I have a lot of prizes to hand out.”
Activities, such as pony rides, face painting, wash-off tattoos, free animal balloons, food booths, liquid refreshment and a fire department cooling station, will be available starting at 5 p.m. Some 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.
A booth will set up near the large stage, where flags will be handed out to the youngsters to carry in the parade.
Ken Scott will provide sound equipment and act as deejay, playing oldies music.
Jack Bone will open the activities with an invocation. Rae McElliott will sing the national anthem.
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.
The family walking parade around the park circle will begin at 8 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 positioned around the park to select the most patriotic participants. Twelve prizes will be awarded.
Winners will be announced and prizes distributed immediately following the parade.
The fireworks show will start at about 9:15 p.m.
The fireworks exhibit is being funded by the Pacific Tourism Committee. Additionally funding was raised by Johnson. Lantis Fireworks & Laser is shooting the fireworks.
A list of the vendor booths registered for the afternoon and evening events include:
• Eagles Aerie 3842 Auxiliary, which will offer fried tacos, nachos and popcorn.
• American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 320 will offer glow-in-the-dark items.
• Julie Brown will offer creative critters and sand art.
• Lee Ann Box will have bling-it body art, face painting and animal balloons.
• Kaleidoscope Consignment will offer watermelon tea and lemonade.
• Deana Christine’s Gallery will sell snow cones, cotton candy and frozen treats.
• Sheila and Jessica Grippo will offer free children’s wash-off tattoos.
• Starburst the balloon artist will offer free animal balloons for a four-hour period.
• Meadow Crest Farm will offer pony rides.
• The Action Riders will sell hot dogs and hamburgers.
• The Pacific Presbyterian Church will have soda, water, chips and dip.
• The Pacific Historical Museum booth will have an exhibit on the history of fallen soldiers, including pictures, the branch of service, when and where they died and, in some cases, where they are buried. The museum works on its veterans archive continuously and adds information or pictures as they are acquired.
• Pat Smiley will offer information on the Veterans Walk in Liberty Field.
• Education Station also will have a booth.