*Canceled due to traffic and Covid concerns….
Santa Paula, CA – As residents begin to plan their Fourth of July celebrations, the City of Santa Paula, in partnership with the Santa Paula Rotary Club, is excited to be able to offer residents access to its annual firework show with modifications. It will take place July 4, 2020 and start at 9pm. The launch site will be at East Area One/Hallock Drive.
“The last several months have been a challenging time for us all,” said Santa Paula Mayor Rick Araiza. “This coming Independence Day, we are hoping our modified annual firework show will help bring about some sense of normalcy and bring joy to the community as we celebrate the birth of our nation.”
This year’s firework display will be aerial only and should be visible for a large portion of the City. There will not be any designated parking or viewing areas for this event. Community members are instead encouraged to enjoy the show from the safety and comfort from their own homes or vehicles. Any residents who choose to drive closer to the site for viewing should be sure to park in only marked parking stalls or where legally permitted, practice physical distancing and stay inside or next to their vehicles for the duration of the outing.
The City also reminds residents that, without prior written permission from City Council, it is illegal to discharge fireworks, firecrackers, or rockets within city limits. Doing so may result in fines or even jail time.
“We strongly discourage residents from setting off their own fireworks,” said Ismael Cordero, Santa Paula’s Interim Chief of Police. “We want to remind residents that the prohibition on unauthorized fireworks in Santa Paula helps to reduce wildfire risk, as well protects community members and animals who are sensitive to and could suffer trauma from loud noises. In fact, Ventura County Animal Services reports that the Fourth of July holiday is one of their busiest days each year due to illegal firework use.” Chief Cordero continued, adding that, to report a violation, residents can call a non-emergency line at 805-525-4474 and select extension 0 or 2.
As people look forward to celebrating America’s Independence Day this July, the City strongly encourages residents of Santa Paula to continue following COVID-19 health orders and guidelines. Based on direction from both the State and Ventura County, no leisurely gatherings of any size are currently permitted. Therefore, community members are encouraged to celebrate this coming holiday with members of their household only.
Additionally, the City highly encourages Santa Paula residents to continue following the Center
for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC’s) recommendations on practicing good hygiene and social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus and preserve the resources of the healthcare system. In addition to physical distancing and wearing face coverings, which is now required by the State, these recommendations include washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting touched objects and surfaces.
“Following these health guidelines, as well as not partaking in the unauthorized use of fireworks, will help facilitate an enjoyable and safe Independence Day celebration for everyone in our community,” said Santa Paula City Manager Dan Singer.