Annual July 4 fireworks show to remain over lake this year

Skye Kinkade
Fundraising is happening now for Mount Shasta's annual July 4 show.

Fundraising is underway for Mount Shasta’s traditional July 4th fireworks show, which will again light up the sky above the waters of Lake Siskiyou just after dark falls.

Crystal Geyser has volunteered to be the event’s title sponsor, said pyrotechnic operator Tom Haistings, who has fired the show for the past 11 years.

There are several ways to donate to the campaign: you can round up your bill to the nearest dollar while eating at Black Bear Diner (or make donations of any amount when you pay your bill) or make donations at Lake Street Spirit.

Volunteers are taking donations in front of Ray’s Food Place – by cash or card.

A “10x10” email campaign asks for a $10 donation that will enter you into a drawing for a mini house boat vacation on Lake Shasta, donated by Mount Shasta Resort and Silverthorn Resort, if you email 10 people.

Fireworks shows like the 20-plus minute productions Mount Shasta natives and July 4th visitors enjoy cost about $25,000, Haistings said.

This year, Haistings said 947 shells will be fired just after dark falls on July 4th. “We’re going big... we’ve got eight inch shells this year with high definition color.”

An estimated 10,000 people enjoy the show each year from spots around the lake and beyond.

The Lake Siskiyou beach at Reynolds Resort provides a front row seat, and volunteers will be collecting donations there.

“Please remember that if everyone pitches in a little it will help a lot,” Haistings said.

Big crowds of people lounge on the grass at Mount Shasta Resort to watch the fireworks during their annual Customer Appreciation Day. The event includes local musicians, food, and beverages. Crystal Geyser will be there giving out free samples of their products.

Coolers, personal fireworks and pets are not allowed at the Resort. The $2 per person entrance fee goes straight to the fireworks fund, said Haistings.

Fireworks can also be seen from the Wayside Grill and the city’s Roseburg Property at the south end of town.

Fireworks safety

Haistings said the show will go on, as long as CAL FIRE gives them the go-ahead.

Haistings said the lake’s water level is expected to be about 30 inches lower than it is now, which will be better for fire safety, because the crew will be able to push the fireworks out further from the trees.

“We have a very experienced crew, and our number one priority is safety,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for many years, and we know the weather patterns; we are very familiar with the environment.”

Those launching boats on Lake Siskiyou to watch the show directly overhead are asked to obey rules to stay out of the safety zone, Haistings said. Everyone launching a boat will receive a map that shows where they are allowed to be.

“Boats that do not comply with these instructions will delay the fireworks show until they do comply,” said Haistings. “Restrictions will be enforced by the Sheriff’s Department.”

Haistings reminds the public that for safety purposes, North Shore Road is closed from 6 a.m. until midnight on July 4, and that includes the walking trail around the lake.

“If you are already on the north side of the lake you will be escorted out of the area by the Sheriff’s Department,” said Haistings. “The only people allowed on North Shore Road on the Fourth are the pyrotechnic crew and designated fire personnel. This sounds harsh but we are dealing with explosives! Safety is our number one priority.”

Sponsors

Sponsors of the 2014 fireworks show include Wonderland Distributing, Mount Shasta Resort, Elks, Pepsi, Pacific Power, Ray Mac, Reynolds Resort Lake Siskiyou, Siskiyou Central Credit Union, Cross Petroleum, Jon Thomas, Mountain Counties Supply Co., Mountain Runners, Mt. Shasta Ambulance, Solano’s Alpine Hardware, Wholesale Solar, Gerald Fischer and Ace Hardware.

Other sponsors are Timberworks, Tree House, Berryvale, Scott Valley Bank, Shasta Brown, Inc., Shasta Fun Inc., Cash Boxes, Black Bear, Century 21 Advantage, and David Cooper.

More information

For more information about the fireworks, visit mtshastafireworks.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/mtshastfireworks