Lake Elsinore cancels Fourth of July fireworks show

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The city of Lake Elsinore announced Thursday that it would be canceling the Fourth of July fireworks show planned for Saturday out of an 'abundance of caution.' Valley News/Courtesy photo

The city of Lake Elsinore on Thursday announced on its Facebook page and a press release that it would be canceling the planned 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular to “protect the health and safety” of the community.

“In the last week, we have had a significant increase in outside visitors interested in coming to our City to watch the fireworks,” Mayor Brian Tisdale said. “We have seen first-hand what can happen when our community is overrun by visitors. We have limited resources and we have serious concerns about our ability to ensure the safety of our community.”

The city mentioned in the press release the Super Bloom in 2019, which also brought visitors from surrounding communities to the area, causing problems for the city.

The post indicated that the city made the decision to cancel the fireworks show, which was planned to begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4, with a Sky Concert synchronized to KOLA’s Radio Station (99.9 FM), was made after consulting with Riverside County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser.

“This week, COVID-19 cases hit new highs in Riverside County, and state and county officials expressed serious concerns about hospitalizations and the lack of ICU bed capacity,” the press release stated. “Yesterday, Governor Newsom strongly encouraged agencies to cancel fireworks shows to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, both Governor Newsom and Riverside County’s Public Health Officer Dr. Kaiser urged residents to celebrate at home and avoid mixing households.”

In the press release, city officials said that Gov. Newsome was “poised to send out strike teams to enforce his orders, the city did do not want Lake Elsinore to become a target for enforcement that could lead to future state funding restrictions.”

The city will be providing refunds to boaters who had purchased night lake use passes for the event.

More information will be posted at www.lake-elsinore.org/july4th.