It’s been well over a decade since a city or county-sponsored fireworks event has taken place in the Yuba-Sutter area, but several jurisdictions and a couple of local organizations are banding together to bring a regional show back this year.
The Yuba-Sutter Regional Fireworks Show is planned for July 4 at Beckwourth Riverfront Park in Marysville. The location was selected by organizers – Marysville, Yuba City, Sutter County, Yuba County, the Yuba Water Agency and Recology Yuba-Sutter – so the firework display could be seen by residents on both sides of the Feather River.
“We wanted to have it down near the river between the bridges so that people who couldn’t make it out to the park could still see the fireworks from their backyards,” said Marysville Councilman Brad Hudson.
The firework show is expected to start at 9:30 p.m. and will last about 15 minutes. PYRO Spectaculars North, Inc. will be in charge of launching the more than 2,300 different fireworks approximately 600 feet in the air.
Officials from around the area have discussed bringing back a firework show for several years but setbacks have prevented their efforts from moving forward. About six weeks ago, Hudson and Yuba City Councilman Marc Boomgaarden came together with the idea of putting together a regional event. As they reached out to others, more and more jumped on board.
“Without the cooperation of all the different agencies and the folks from Recology and Yuba Water Agency who all stepped up last minute to do this, there is no way this could’ve been possible without them,” Boomgaarden said. “I think officials were all in agreement about the importance of having a regional event where people can go.”
Both officials are past fire fighters, with Hudson being a former fire captain for the Marysville Fire Department and Boomgaarden being a former fire chief for the Yuba City Fire Department.
While the upcoming firework show was first and foremost about bringing a display back to the Yuba-Sutter area, it is also seen as a way to potentially curb some people’s inclination to purchase and launch illegal fireworks themselves.
“Maybe we will see a dent this year in the number of illegal fireworks being used by residents, maybe not. But in future years, we hope this will help move the needle in a positive direction,” Boomgaarden said.
The firework display will cost organizers $25,000. The participating jurisdictions are also expected to incur additional associated costs for putting this type of event together, such as enforcement and clean up.
The Marysville soccer fields where the fireworks will be launched, will open early on July 4 at 4 p.m. to allow for people to picnic and claim their spots for the show. The Feather River Parkway on the Yuba City side will also be open for people to watch the firework display. Those that watch the show from either location will not be permitted to have their own “safe and sane” fireworks.
Officials encourage residents to be patient the day of the event as logistical challenges will likely present themselves.
“We want people to understand that this is the initial go-around of what we hope to continue into the future,” Boomgaarden said. “We don’t expect everything to be perfect, but we are just happy to be bringing this event back to the community.”