A lack of substantial rainfall and high fire risk has forced the Washington American Legion to again postpone the annual fireworks display.
A drought caused the program, traditionally held July 4, to be rescheduled for the 14th. Now, the display won’t dazzle spectators until Labor Day weekend.
Fireworks are set for Sunday, Sept. 2, with a rain date of Sept. 3.
In July, Downtown Washington has had about two-tenths of an inch of rain.
“There wasn’t substantial rainfall to knock out this drought,” said Dave Anderson, Legion commander. “So I made the decision to postpone the display to Labor Day weekend.”
Anderson said the entire community has been supportive and understanding during the cancellations, including the parks department, the Legion baseball team, the fire and police departments.
Because the fireworks permit is only good for seven days, the Legion had to start over with the application process through the state.
Food that was ordered for the evening will be used for upcoming baseball tournaments and will be reordered, Anderson said. The same goes for beer.
“We want to thank the public for understanding what the situation is and why we had to cancel,” he said. “This is in the best interest of the community.”
Anderson said that the debris from the fireworks is hot enough to easily catch fire. Additionally, wind carries some of the material over residential areas, which makes shooting fireworks even more risky.
“This is just a matter of doing what’s right,” Anderson said. “Surely it won’t be as hot in September. We’re praying that it won’t be.”
Anderson said that it was a letdown that fireworks had to be postponed for a second time, but said that if people are in town over Labor Day weekend they’ll have something to look forward to.
Every year, he said, Lantis Fireworks and Lasers, Eureka, has a different finale to “spark the wows” from spectators.
“Hopefully (everyone is) looking forward to it,” he said. “I think it will be well worth the wait.”