The event, formerly managed by the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been picked up by the Tri-City Water Follies so families can continue to enjoy the decades-long tradition.
Columbia Park will open at 9a for the fireworks show parking. A Family Fun Golf Tournament at the Columbia Park Golf Course kicks off the fun with a shotgun start at 9a. Food vendors and kids activities will be available at the east end of the park beginning at noon. The J&S Dreamland Express will be running throughout the day thanks to BNSF Railway.
Other events include Country Band Chris Loid and Green Light Polly and Stingray on stage beginning at 3p. A beer garden will be open across from the bleachers from 3p to 9:30p.
“The expanded fireworks extravaganza will feature the ultimate performance package with more light and power than ever before” Kathy Powell, Tri City Water Follies Event Director said. “Bigger, bolder, brighter truly epitomizes this years’ experience!” Spectators are encouraged to bring their favorite music device as the fireworks display will be synchronized to patriotic music being broadcast on KORD, 97 Rock, 98.3 The Key, KFLD & Hot 97.5.
Instead of using a barge anchored in the Columbia River west of the Blue Bridge, the fireworks will be launched from the Neil F Lampson pit area at the east end of Columbia Park. When organizers learned the barge couldn’t be used for the show, the fireworks company coordinated with supporting agencies to establish a site in which no people or cars will be allowed. As a result, vehicles entering from the east will be directed around the south side of the pond to parking areas. Spectators are encouraged to come early as part of the viewing area previously available will be closed. Parking is allowed only in designated areas.
A $5 per car donation is requested to help the non-profit Tri-City Water Follies Association cover expenses.
For more information about the HAPO Community Credit Union River of Fire Celebration, log on to www.waterfollies.com.