With Memorial Day behind us, that means Independence Day is just around the corner, bringing with it festivities, food, music and bands, various contests and races, dancing and the return of the professional fireworks show — ta da! — according to a spokesman for American Legion Post No. 432, the event’s sponsor.
In a May 25 email interview, the Legion’s Terry Farrell wrote that it appears local and state officials are going to sign off on the necessary permits this year.
Those officials and the Legion post canceled the 2015 show because of the high fire danger from the drought and an aging forest beset by bugs and a lack of water.
The Legion’s annual display provides the only fireworks — professional or personal — allowed in the Cambria/San Simeon/Harmony area. Possession or use of any others is illegal.
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Farrell said he’s been assured by William Hollingsworth, new chief of the Cambria Fire Department that “he will be granting the permit for the July Fourth fireworks.”
Hollingsworth explained that “his decision was made after appropriate due diligence, which included contacting various state agencies (State Fire Marshal, etc.).”
The chief still “does have the authority to revoke the permit in the event of a severe weather condition,” Farrell said, but that’s standard procedure. So now, the Legion Post is in fundraising mode for the $12,500 show from Pyro Spectaculars. Donation cans were placed in the usual spots (Cookie Crock Market, service stations, Cambria Hardware, the Chamber of Commerce, Coffee Den and other locations) on May 26.
Donation checks can be sent directly to the post’s Fireworks Fund at P.O. Box 697, Cambria CA 93428, or taken to the post’s club at the rear of the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., after 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Kathe Tanner: 805-927-4140