Extreme Drought Forces Fireworks Cancelation, Celebration Will Go On


Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department, in consideration of the dangerously dry conditions embracing Northern New Mexico has decided that a fireworks display will not be included in this years 4th of July Celebration Event at Overlook Park.

All other activities, including Atomic City Transit to the park, will go on as planned.

The public can still enjoy all of the typical July 4 festivities at Overlook Park including music by the Nomads and Community Winds, a display by the Habanero Skydivers at both 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., plenty of food vendors, and “Ton O Fun” Bouncy Toys.

The community is encouraged to join Kiwanis and Los Alamos County at Overlook Park for a fun and safe Independence Day celebration.

Donations are welcome for the event.

Steve Boerigter, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos 4th of July Event Chair
Brian Nickerson, Los Alamos County Fire Marshall

Community Winds performs at 4th of July celebration in 2010. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The schedule for the 4th of July Celebration is:

2-8 p.m. Bouncy toys
3-5:30 p.m. The “Nomads” provided by Russ Gordon

4 pm  Atomic City Transit buses begin routes
5 p.m. Skydivers !!
5:30-6:45 p.m. Community Winds
7-8:15 p.m. The Nomads
8-8:10 p.m. Flyover by Will Fox and others.
8:10-8:15 p.m. Skydivers (with final song by Lee Greenwood)
8:30 p.m. Best Seat in the House Announcement
8:30-9:10 p.m. The Nomads
9:10- 9:15 p.m. Star Spangled Banner

Kiwanis Club Member Rick Reiss told the Los Alamos Daily Post, “Over the years, Kiwanis has increased safety and the beauty of the fireworks through technology implemented by Kiwanians, John Arrowsmith, Andy Erickson, Pat Soran and myself. This year our system was fully tested and ready to be constructed at the firing site. It is too bad the weather hasn’t cooperated with us. With over $40,000 in computer hardware and equipment, Kiwanis has been providing an excellent show for over 30 years and the show has always been well received by Los Alamos and the surrounding communities.”

Kiwanian Pat Soran has been involved or the lead in shooting off the fireworks for 14 years. After 911, licensing requirements were put in place. Soran led the efforts to obtain licensing from the Department of Justice and the ATF. Soran said he understands that public safety and concern over bad conditions is more important than celebrating Independence Day with fireworks. His best memories of past firework displays was watching his grandchildren and other kids who joined Kiwanians on the firing line. He remembered fondly their eyes turing the size of quarters as they helped launch the “wind shot.” Soran promised, “we will be back.”

The celebration is still on!  Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com


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