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Fireworks back on the agenda for Canada Day in Enderby

The city previously said there would be no fireworks, but reversed that decision Wednesday
The City of Enderby has reversed its decision not to have fireworks on Canada Day and is now set to light up the sky from Riverside Park Saturday, July 1, 2023. (File photo)

The City of Enderby will have fireworks on Canada Day, after all.

Earlier this month the city said it would not do a Canada Day fireworks show due to the wildfire risk, but chief administrative officer Tate Bengtson said Wednesday there are now plans for a “special fireworks show” beginning at dusk at Riverside Park.

“There will be great views throughout the community,” Bengtson said.

The city is asking residents and visitors to enjoy the official lights show rather than set off their own fireworks, adding precautions will be taken before, during and after the show to ensure safety.

“Fireworks may only be set off in the City of Enderby with a valid permit or written approval. All prohibitions remain in effect, unless exempted by permit,” Bengtson said.

The City of Vernon has decided to forego fireworks for the second straight year due to wildfire concerns.

There is plenty to do before dusk in Enderby on July 1.

The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Enderby Lions Club from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the iconic Lions Gazebo in Riverside Park, where most of the day’s celebrations are traditionally held.

Shortly after the start of breakfast, one of the city’s most beloved Canada Day traditions will begin. The Funtastic Ball Tournament kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at Riverside Park.

There will be a parade from Howard Avenue to Barnes Park, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

A car show (parked by The Detonators) will run from noon to 4 p.m. with plenty of raffle prizes to win. Live music from Rule 857, provided by Canadian 4×4/Tread Pro Tire will accompany the car show.

Around 1 p.m., city Coun. David Ramey will lead a singing of O Canada, and from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m., master of ceremonies Mayor Huck Galbraith will be cutting a birthday cake provided by Enderby IGA.

Val Hilliker, a comedic ventriloquist, performs from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

A free swim hosted by Enderby and District Recreation Services will take place at the outdoor pool from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

At the Quilakwa Campground and RV Park, there will be a fire hose and foam party at 4 p.m., followed by music bingo at the pavilion at 6:30 p.m. The first card is free and there will be lots of prizes to be won.

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Brendan Shykora
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I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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