Greater Vernon residents can take in Canada Day fireworks at Kal Beach Friday.

Greater Vernon residents can take in Canada Day fireworks at Kal Beach Friday.

Fireworks blast off for holiday

Greater Vernon residents can enjoy Canada Day fireworks at Kal Beach in Coldstream

Greater Vernon residents can once again enjoy Canada Day fireworks celebrations.

Friday’s fireworks venue is Kalamalka Lake to address the fire risks that are typical this time of year in the Okanagan.

“We will be shooting the show at 10:30 p.m. from three barges as well as the Kal Beach pier to present what will be our most ambitious pyrotechnical display to date,” said Terry Schmauder, with the North Okanagan Canada Day Society.

“The show is choreographed to music which will be broadcast on the beach by 107.5 Kiss FM radio. The show is best viewed while listening to the music for full effect, so if you are viewing from somewhere other than the beach and still have a portable FM radio, or if you are viewing from or near your vehicle, tune in to the radio, turn up the sound and enjoy the choreographed show.”

In an effort to avoid excess vehicle congestion at Kal Beach, organizers have added round- trip shuttle service via A-1 Bus from Okanagan College and Craftsman Collision on 27th Street.  Parking is free at both locations.

If you are coming to the beach, feel free to bring a picnic, lawn chairs, blankets, and a flashlight.

The concession booth at the beach will remain open for the event.

“Bring the whole family, and at dusk look for our volunteers handing out 1,200 glow necklaces to the most enthusiastic Canada Day spectators compliments of your North Okanagan Canada Day Society,” said Schmauder.

Craftsman Collision came forward this year as title sponsor for the event.

“Their community-minded contribution paved the way for the return of this beloved event,” said Schmauder.

The event is partly funded by a Celebrate Canada grant from the federal government. Support has also come from the City of Vernon, the District of Coldstream, Sutton Group Lakefront Realty, Davidson Pringle Lawyers, the BX-Swan Lake Fire Department, Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Okanagan Restoration, the Coldstream Fire Department, Vernon Volkswagen, and Stephen Smith at Okanagan Pile Driving.

New sponsors include Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Okanagan Restoration, Coldstream Fire Department, Vernon Volkswagen, and Stephen Smith at Okanagan Pile Driving.