Spokane Indians Baseball Club, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Spokane County Parks, and Spokane Public Schools partner with underwriters to offer several community drive-in shows
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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:22 a.m.
SPOKANE – Several community partners and businesses are working together to bring festive drive-in New Year’s Eve fireworks to Spokane area neighborhoods.
Spokane Indians Baseball Club, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf, and Spokane Public Schools are partnering with several underwriters to bring the community a socially distant New Year’s Eve celebration, offering a geographically dispersed drive-in fireworks experience.
Four separate fireworks displays will be offered across the Spokane area at the family-friendly time of 9 P.M. on December 31. People are encouraged to watch from their homes if nearby one of the four designated launch sites, or to view the fireworks drive-in style.
Building on the success of the 4th of July drive-in fireworks this summer, the shows will follow phase 2 guidelines for drive-in movie theaters in coordination with the Governor’s Office and Spokane Regional Health District.
The shows are made possible by the generous support of underwriters: Avista, Edward Jones Investments, Great Clips, Gus Johnson Ford, MultiCare, No-Li, Numerica Credit Union, R’nR RV Dealers, STCU, and Wake Up Call Coffee. Media partners are KHQ/SWX Television, 93.7 FM The Mountain, and The Spokesman-Review.
“Amidst a difficult year, we’re pleased to offer a safe way to celebrate the start of 2021,” said Garrett Jones, director of City of Spokane Parks & Recreation. “The drive-in fireworks are a joyful and hopeful way to mark the year ahead, and to feel the community spirit together.”
“Like most families, we’re ready to turn the page and celebrate 2021,” said Otto Klein, senior vice president of the Indians. “Nothing brings a community together like a good fireworks celebration and we’re proud to be a part of this event.”
“We can’t think of a more positive way to end the year. We are so grateful to be part of this project. Our hope from a County perspective is that the drive-in fireworks displays will provide a safe escape for the entire community to celebrate the new year when we all need it the most,” said Doug Chase, Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf director.
“Spokane Public Schools is excited to be part of this partnership to provide a safe celebration for our community. We hope this event helps welcome a healthy and happy New Year,” said Dr. Adam Swinyard, superintendent of Spokane Public Schools.
Fireworks shows will run simultaneously starting at 9 P.M. Parking lots will open at 7:30 P.M. as a safety measure to discourage crowds from gathering all day. After the shows, security will escort cars from the lots and close them.
Cars will be parked every-other space to foster social distancing, in alignment with phase 2 guidelines for drive-in theaters. Parking will be limited, and we anticipate lots filling quickly after opening at 7:30 P.M. Please have a second or third parking option in mind in case you encounter a full parking lot. Many people will be able to view the fireworks from their nearby homes.
In coordination with the Spokane Regional Health District and Governor’s Office, phase 2 guidelines for drive-in movie theaters will be followed. Above and beyond requirements, on-site security and parking personnel will help maintain distancing.
COVID-19 protocols for the drive-in fireworks celebration:
For more information, including an FAQ, please visit www.SpokaneParks.org/NYEfireworks
About the Spokane Indians Baseball Club
The Spokane Indians are a professional baseball team located in Spokane, Washington. The Spokane Indians Team Store is open online HERE with plenty of great gift ideas for the holiday season.
About City of Spokane Parks and Recreation
City of Spokane Parks and Recreation stewards nearly 120 properties across 4,000 acres of park land, including manicured parks, conservation lands, aquatic centers, golf courses, sports complexes, and an arboretum. We also offer hundreds of recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities to improve the health and quality of life for our community. Enjoy all your city has to offer by visiting spokaneparks.org. Follow us @SpokaneParks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
About Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf
Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf oversees 15,000 acres of parks and recreational facilities providing four-season opportunities to recreate for Spokane County residents and visitors of all ages. System highlights include numerous community and regional parks, miles of paved and natural surfaced trails, thousands of acres of open space and conservation lands, aquatic facilities, camping and three highly-rated 18-hole championship golf courses. For more information on what we offer, visit www.spokanecounty.org/parks or check us out on Facebook!