Gearing up for fireworks

Robin Goldsworthy From the desk of the publisher, Robin Goldsworthy

Let’s face it – few things say “celebration” like fireworks. And fewer still capture the celebratory spirit of our country’s independence like a good old-fashioned fireworks show.
We’re so lucky here in the Crescenta Valley. Not only do we have a dynamic fireworks show, but a carnival too right here in our own backyard. La Crescenta Elementary School is home to the annual Star Spangled Fireworks Display on July 4. Hosted by the Crescenta Valley Fireworks Association, the gates open at 4 p.m. when ticketholders will find hot dogs prepared by the Kiwanis, personal sized pizza for sale by the CV Chamber of Commerce, plus drinks and snacks. A complete carnival will also be on hand to entertain as will music.
The fireworks show has a rich history in the Crescenta Valley. Back in the mid-80s the show was first established at CV High School. With the exception of a few hiccups, the show went on without a hitch for a number of years. When the high school had its new field installed (at a cost of over $1 million) the long time home for the fireworks was no longer available and in 2006 the skies above Crescenta Valley were dark on July 4.
But typical of our citizens, that wasn’t acceptable. A committee was formed, a non-profit organization established and in 2007 a new venue found at La Crescenta Elementary School for our fireworks show. Jean Maluccio, Rick Dinger, Steve Pierce, Chris Waldheim, Mike Shaar, Howard Hakes, and David Meyers along with countless other volunteers resurrected the extravaganza. They raised money through generous donations from civic leaders and our local neighbors who enjoy the show every year. In fact, in the Crescenta Valley Weekly you’ve seen a donation envelope inserted for the past couple of weeks. I urge you to take out your pen and check book right this minute and make a donation for this event. It doesn’t matter whether or not you plan on attending – the fireworks can be seen from front and rear yards of homes all around the valley. If you’ve ever enjoyed the display, show your financial support and make a donation today. Remember that no amount is too small. Every donation is appreciated and also shows the organizers that yes, we do appreciate your effort and want to make sure the Star Spangled Fireworks Display continues.
If you plan on attending the fireworks show, tickets are $5 and available for sale around town including the CV Weekly office and at the gate on July 4. The entrance is in the 2800 block of Prospect Avenue.
I plan on being there and hope to see you, too. And on behalf of the CV Fireworks Assn., thanks for your support!