Snoqualmie’s popular 4th of July community fireworks display postponed

The City of Snoqualmie announced yesterday evening that the annual 4th of July community fireworks display has been postponed.

According to the city announcement, “The Red, White & Boom fireworks display has provided an evening of fun for all ages each July 4th since 2016. This year, due to the coronavirus and COVID-19, it has been postponed, but not cancelled.”

The popular, donation-funded event is put on by Serve Snoqualmie – the community service division of Church on the Ridge – and hosted at Snoqualmie Community Park.

Church on the Ridge announced the postponement on Facebook on Friday, May 15th, saying, “Due to COVID-19, we will be postponing the 2020 show. We expect to reveal a revised date shortly. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.”

Serve Snoqualmie Red, White and Boom event planner Jeff Mihal stated, “We are under contract with a pyrotechnic as we speak and a date will be announced soon.”

“The Red, White and Boom fireworks show is one of our favorite events,” said Mayor Matt Larson. “It provides a safe and fun evening of entertainment that serves to bring the community together. Sadly, coming safely together is simply not possible this July 4th. We all look forward to celebrating this much-needed event later this year when it is safe to do so. Thank you, Serve Snoqualmie!”

The large community fireworks display launched in 2016 after the city banned fireworks following a devastating, firework-caused house fire in 2014.

We’ll update this article when the new date is announced.

Comments

  1. Good thing we can just set off our own fireworks at home!

  2. “The large community fireworks display launched in 2016 after the city banned fireworks following a devastating, firework-caused house fire in 2014.”

    A home with cedar “shake” shingles on it (banned in many areas due to how flammable they are). And the fireworks responsible for starting the fire were already banned at the time. But, don’t let a tragedy go unused – especially if you are a city leader who had an agenda against fireworks.

  3. Matt Larson says

    Hi Mike, I have no agenda against fireworks. I personally love them. However, City surveys showed that our community was passionately split 50% for and 50% against fireworks. Unlike an increasing number of cities that ban all fireworks, we tried to find a reasonable compromise. We continue to allow what are known as “safe and sane” ground fireworks, while banning mortars and other the high aerial fireworks. And in place of the high aerials, we worked with Serve Snoqualmie to develop a big, fun fireworks show that would also serve to bring the community together in a common celebration. The result has been well received by the vast majority of the community. And the complaints following the 4th have all but disappeared. Like you, I loved my mortars, but as mayor I can’t make decisions based on my personal preferences.

  4. Thank you Matt Larson. I am very grateful for the Snoqualmie 4th celebration. I support that decision whole-heartedly!

  5. PRT Brown says

    I guess sitting outside and looking at the sky is considered dangerous now, I saw several people looking at a sunset on Friday, they are probably dead by now.

    Should we go aead and cancel Christmas lights before it’s too late?

    • PRT Brown, have you been to the Snoqualmie 4th celebration? It includes much more than just an outdoor fireworks display. It’s an all day event with food, music, games, activities, etc. and is packed with people.

      • PRT Brown says

        The article is about the fireworks show being postponed, no mention of the other activities.

        Seems like sitting on a blanket with your family would be a safe activity and much needed outlet after all of this.

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