‘River of Fire’ fireworks display will be held this Fourth of July

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The River of Fire, an annual fireworks display held by the Gesa Carousel of Dreams and the City of Kennewick, have resumed their plans to hold the display on the Fourth of July in Columbia Park.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday morning, Carousel and City staff made the joint decision to reschedule the formerly postponed show after Washington state officials announced that the state would fully reopen on July 1. This announcement reduced some of the protocols and restrictions that put the fireworks display at risk for this year’s Independence Day celebration.

City Manager Marie Mosley has seen tremendous support from the Carousel, local businesses and the community to support the River of Fire event.

“Tri-Cities families deserve to enjoy one of America’s greatest traditions, and Columbia Park features the space and accommodations to observe Independence Day with a first-rate show,” Mosley said.

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Support from Gesa, Toyota of Tri-Cities, Retter & Company | Sotheby’s International Realty, Moon Security and Bruce Inc. help to fund the River of Fire. The display will be free to the public this year thanks to support from these organizations.

Additionally, the River of Fire display makes the jobs of local police officers and firefighters easier. The use of personal fireworks is banned in the City of Kennewick due to the proximity of other residents and public safety concerns. By offering a professional pyrotechnic display for residents of the Tri-Cities, it eliminates some of the safety concern from people in the community. City officials say that this event will help to limit injuries and fires from fireworks, in addition to the impact it has on pets.

Fireworks will be launched from the shoreline along the Columbia Park TriPlex driving range at 10:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July. More details will be announced by city officials as we get closer to the event.

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