Shows postponed due to increased fire risks; rescheduled date will be shared as plans are confirmed
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Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 6:38 p.m.
SPOKANE – Four planned 4th of July fireworks shows at Dwight Merkel, Ferris High School, Avista Stadium, and Plante's Ferry have been postponed due to an increased risk of fire danger.
The fireworks will be rescheduled for celebration at a later date, and details will be shared when known.
“Safety is always at the forefront, and in consultation with our regional public safety officials, we’re looking forward to bringing the community a fireworks celebration when conditions are more favorable,” said Garrett Jones, director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Spokane.
“We have incredible regional public safety teams, and we know resources are taxed right now. Postponing the shows is the right decision for our community, and we can’t wait to come together again soon to enjoy fireworks when it’s safer to do so,” said Otto Klein, senior vice president of the Spokane Indians Baseball Club.
A recent Inland Empire Fire Chiefs Association press release says, “The unprecedented drought, unseasonably dry fuels, and record-breaking heat will make fires difficult to control and extinguish. The current fire potential and weather conditions threatens our citizens' health, well-being, and safety, while at the same time making conditions challenging for our emergency responders.”
Spokane Indians Baseball Club, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Spokane Rapids, Spokane County, and Spokane Public Schools have been collaborating for six months to produce the shows.
Plans were created during a time of uncertain future COVID-19 restrictions. With the state’s recent lifting of many COVID-19 restrictions, the partners and underwriters may take a second look at locations and scope of the rescheduled fireworks celebration. Announcements will be shared as plans are confirmed.
The shows will be made possible at a later date by the generous support of underwriters: Great Clips, Gus Johnson Ford, MultiCare, No-Li, Numerica Credit Union, STCU, and Wake-up Call Coffee. Media Partners: The Spokesman Review and 93.7 The Mountain.