Eagle River’s Fourth of July fireworks show snuffed out

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 10:42
  • Fireworks at an Independence Day celebration at Eagle River Lions Park on July 3, 2017. The show featured $10,000 worth of fireworks. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)

EAGLE RIVER — It’s official: there will be no fireworks here on the Fourth.

As anticipated, the Municipality of Anchorage cancelled fireworks shows in Anchorage and Eagle River due to extreme fire danger brought on by persistent hot, dry weather in the area. Officials said last week the cancellations were likey after the Alaska State Fire Marshal issued a ban on fireworks statewide.

The cancellation impacts Eagle River’s annual July 3 celebration, which will still go on without the big midnight fireworks show. Event organizer Finis Shelden said the event at Lions Park at the corner of Eagle River Road and Eagle River Loop Road will still feature live music, food vendors and a beer garden. Fireworks were planned for midnight, but the pyrotechnics show is now officially out of the action.

Still, Shelden said he’s expecting a party.

“We’ll do our dead-level best to make sure the show goes on,” said Shelden, who said about 35 vendors are expected at the celebration.

The event begins at 6 p.m., with additional parking available at Walmart.

The fireworks ban won’t impact the Chugiak Fourth of July Parade, which begins at 2 p.m. Thursday and runs from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Station 31 on the Old Glenn Highway to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

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