Every year as the Fourth of July approaches, locals and loyal visitors wonder if the fireworks show will happen again. Harder times have threatened the beloved annual display — recently called one of America’s best by FOX News — causing sadness and anxiety around town. While Independence Day holds many different meanings for different people; here in Fort Bragg the fireworks show has become more than an awesome display of luminescence over the ocean; it has become a local triumph.
Many aren’t even sure that they will go off when hundreds and hundreds start lining up along the Noyo Bluffs hours before the show to get a good vantage point. Perhaps it’s belief in tradition, or a leap of faith that brings them back each year. And they are not disappointed.
This year is no exception: in the final hour, the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee and the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce donated a huge chunk of cash in matched donations to keep the fireworks burning. They still have some expenses to cover, and are eager to bring on additional sponsors. To help, contact the Chamber at 961-6300.
Fort Bragg Fireworks Show: Saturday July 3, 2010. Show begins after dark, at the old Mill Site.
Last year I watched the show from a canoe out in the Harbor. It was pretty incredible to see the show from the water, but perhaps just as entertaining to see all the people posted up on the shores. Riotous crowds of partying folks and families were established on boats and on the beaches; it was more than just a fireworks show, it was a great big party and an expression of the persistent spirit of Fort Bragg. You could hardly even see the fireworks through the thick fog, but that didn’t matter. They were there, and the fun would go on.
For more info about the Fireworks, visit the Chamber of Commerce.