Fireworks celebration Saturday at fairgrounds

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Fireworks celebration Saturday at fairgroundsThe Independence Day Remembrance Fireworks Show will be hosted tomorrow, June 29, at Desert Empire Fairgrounds.

For decades, the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration was a labor of love for the Ridgecrest Lions Club. Last year, members sadly announced that because of ballooning costs and declining financial support, they would not be able to continue presenting the show.

“I know a lot of people dislike the idea of not having [the fireworks] on the Fourth of July,” Mike Birdwell wrote in a Facebook post explaining the date change. “However, here’s a little bit of information about what it takes to put on the fireworks show.”

One of those driving factors he cited was a significant cost savings from the pyrotechnician. But even after the discount, said Birdwell, the cost of the fireworks alone is still $22,000. The estimated cost of the show is about $27,000.

“Holding it on a Saturday increases people’s ability to volunteer,” added Birdwell. Because of that, this year’s event will begin at 3 p.m., featuring live entertainment, a car show, family activities, food vendors and more.

“I am trying to get something for everyone at this event, and that includes our children. So, please, if you are interested in volunteering, let me know.”

“The Fulcos” will perform at 7 p.m., and other bands will include “Jade’s Trick,” “Throttle” and “Seeing Ravens.”

The fireworks show begins at dark, estimated around 9 p.m., and will last roughly 20 minutes.

“The Fulcos will take a break during our fireworks presentation, but for those who would like to stay, they have agreed to play until 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the crowd,” said Birdwell.

At press time, he estimated that he and the Lions have raised about $24,000 toward the cost of the event. Email mikebirdwell@ridgecrestshoutouts.com for details.

Pictured: Elaine Mead presents $1,000 for fireworks on behalf of Mojave Pistachios — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-06-28