Local fireworks shows go on


With the outbreak of COVID-19 many local fireworks shows have been canceled, but for those who cannot or who do not want to watch fireworks among throngs of people, Menifee, Lake Elsinore and Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District might have the perfect solutions.

In Menifee, a drive-in style fireworks show will be held at Mt. San Jacinto College, 28237 La Piedra Road, Saturday, June 27, and will offer the opportunity of live fireworks viewing from the college parking lot.

Parking is first come, first served with the lot opening at 6 p.m. for loading and will close at 8:30 p.m. Only standard-sized vehicles will be allowed, no RVs, trailers or buses. Staff will be on hand to direct parking so those who are going in more than one vehicle should arrive together as spaces cannot be held for others. Once inside the parking lot, exiting will not be allowed and for those who do exit, they will not be guaranteed a space upon their return.

Those in attendance will be allowed to utilize the empty parking space next to their vehicles for chairs, blankets and tables but should remain in their designated space and only leave to utilize restrooms, according to a city of Menifee news release.

Folding chairs, coolers and outside food and beverages are allowed at the event. Tents and canopies, alcohol, grills and open flames, pets – aside from service animals – glass bottles, weapons or items that can be used as weapons, smoking or vaping of any kind of product, illegal substances or drug paraphernalia and laser pointers or focused light devices, are all banned.

Walk-ups and bicycles will not be allowed at the show, and all parking spaces will be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and available throughout the event.

For more information on the Menifee Fireworks show, call Menifee Community Services at 951-723-3880.

Lake Elsinore will hold its annual Fireworks Spectacular on the city’s namesake lake July 4, at 9 p.m. and is offering a night boating pass for those wishing to watch the fireworks from the lake. A $100 package offered by the city includes launching, day lake use and the night lake pass. To obtain a pass, visit Launch Pointe at 32040 Riverside Drive in Lake Elsinore, call 951-471-1212 from 7 a.m. to dusk or visit http://www.lake-elsinore.org.

The Fireworks Spectacular will be paired with a sky concert on KOLA-FM 99.9. Free viewing areas include Lakepoint Park, Summerly Park, Whiskers Fishing Beach, Swick & Matich Park and a portion of the levee.  Those watching from any of these locations should follow all local social distancing requirements and wear a mask as mandated by the Gov. Gavin Newsom.

For more information on Lake Elsinore’s Fireworks Spectacular, visit http://www.lake-elsinore.org.

For those looking to enjoy fireworks from the comfort of their own home, Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District will livestream its annual fireworks show. 

Scheduled for July 4 at 8:30 p.m. viewers can visit Valley-Wide’s Facebook or Instagram page by searching @ValleyWideRec.

For more information, visit https://www.gorecreation.org.

Kim Harris can be reached at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.