Dave Frost (left), Jolene Grigg, and J.P. Robert pose for a picture before the announcement of Canada Day’s fireworks and festivities. (Bretany Tourout/Morning Star)

Firework show aims for new heights

This year’s Canada Day fireworks celebrates the country’s 150th birthday.

The North Okanagan Canada Day Society (NOCDS) has announced that the Craftsman Collision Canada Day Fireworks will be presented on July 1, however; this year it will be at Kin Beach.

The president of the NOCDS Dave Frost said that thanks to Craftsman Collision’s sponsorship this year’s show will be the biggest and most elaborate they have ever produced.

“We want to change some perspectives and make the show more impressive,” said Frost.

The explosions will be choreographed and synchronized to music on 107.5 KISS FM, which will be played throughout Kin Beach directly.

Frost also said that, in order to fix any parking troubles, there will be a shuttle set up to drive people to and from Marshall Field and Kin Beach.

The firework show will have two other awe-striking views at Sandy Beach and Paddlewheel Park, and also some vantage points on Bella Vista and Bench Row Road for those wanting to view from a distance.

Jean-Paul Robert of NOCDS said that a huge part of making Canada Day run smoothly is to have more volunteers and donations.

“We’re hoping everyone will step up like they always do in Vernon,” said Robert.

The volunteer work would include set up and take down, clean up, and helping out with the day’s activities, and with more donations would come more activities.

Robert said that a GoFundMe page would also be posted to help raise more money to support the NOCDS’s big plans for Canada Day.

Events were cancelled last year because of a low number of volunteers, and Frost said the NOCDS wants to be sure they have enough people this year so they are not forced to have a repeat.

The NOCDS currently has around seven volunteers but Frost expects many more to come.

Frost said that he has confidence that the residents and spectators partaking in the festivities will help to make Canada Day’s 150th celebration a blast.

“We ask for everyone to pitch in with clean up wherever they can,” said Frost.