On Monday, Colusa County Fair CEO, Laura Ford, announced in partnership with the Colusa Flare Committee, “that due to the COVID-19 pandemic the annual 4th of July Fireworks at the Colusa Fairgrounds is cancelled for 2020.”
The Colusa Flare Committee sponsored the 4th of July Fireworks event annually. The committee made the event possible through sponsorships and donations from local community members and businesses. Ford said that with hardships of COVID-19, and its financial impact on our communities, the committee has decided to cancel this year’s event.
Additionally, Ford said that the Fairgrounds is currently closed by the State of California for any public or social gathering.
“We are sad that we’re unable to host the towns 4th of July celebration, but hope to return with another fabulous show in 2021,” Ford said.
With community firework shows cancelled around the state, officials are reminding individuals to stick with ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks for their independence day holiday enjoyment.
“I enjoy barbecuing and watching fireworks with my family on the Fourth of July; however illegal fireworks continue to be out of hand,” said Arbuckle Fire Chief Casey Cox. “I am afraid that we’ll have a problem this year as more people are staying home.”
According to CalFire, fireworks illegal in the State of California include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers, as well as other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.
For the last six years, the Arbuckle Fire District, and surrounding fire districts have issued a warning about illegal fireworks and cracking down on those who break the law.
“Last year we cited a number of individuals and confiscated several illegal fireworks,” said Cox.
Not only is the concern for illegal fireworks the noise nuisance, but the possible hazard when used.
“Illegal fireworks can cause property damage, and even the loss of life if used improperly,” said Cox. “What people also don’t realize is that while we are battling a blaze caused by negligent use of fireworks, the availability and response time could be delayed for other emergencies.”
A few seconds of sparkle and ‘boom’ isn’t worth it, said Cox.
With community celebrations cancelled, and most individuals hungry for social interaction, many are wondering about the best way to host backyard get-togethers.
With Colusa County currently experiencing an uptick in confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, officials say it’s best to avoid social gatherings; however, if you need to attend one it is recommended to keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others, wash your hands frequently, wear a face covering, and to host or attend an outdoor gatherings as they are considered safer than indoor gatherings.
“People kiss, they hug, they share food — it’s very much the typical way respiratory diseases spread,” said Dr. Bela Matyas, Solano County’s public health officer. “All of this effort is on masking, but the problem isn’t where the mask is being used, it’s where the mask isn’t being used, at family and friend gatherings.”
In several parts of the state health officials attributed a number of new cases to family gatherings.The Shasta County Health and Human Services reported several people tested positive for the virus after attending a graduation party. And Sacramento County recorded its highest one-day increase last week, with 131 new cases, where contact tracers determined most new cases are linked to “gatherings among friends and extended family,” the county said.
While we look forward to celebrating our nation’s day of independence, we must be reminded that the risk of COVID-19 is still present. ■