Last year, the City of Merritt fireworks show for Canada Day was cancelled at the last minute. The Interior of BC was being ravaged by an extreme heat wave and our neighbouring community of Lytton had suffered a devastating conflagration. That fire and others continued to burn our in our fire zone for several weeks/months. This last-minute cancellation created liability, coordination, & costs to store these fireworks for several months until the City Halloween fireworks show.
Sky McKeown the Director of Recreation and Facilities said “this cancellation is due to several other factors, including a wet spring that is building a foundation of grasses and other foliage that will be getting tall now that the sun has come out. “We are playing it safe and being proactive in preventing anything unnecessary from happening,” he said. “There are also still several people in our community trying to mentally recover from recent devastating events and we are not looking to add to their anxiety by hosting the fireworks portion of the Canada Day celebrations”.
“It’s just for this year at this time as it is hard to say what’s going to happen for future Canada Day firework show celebrations. As of right now the 2022 City Halloween Fireworks Show is being planned for”.
There are still big plans for the Canada Day celebration activities on July 1. They will begin with a pancake breakfast at the Civic Center 7-11am. Starting at 11am Rotary Park will host: activities with the Arts Council, Canadian trivia games, kids bouncy castle, and games with Q-101. Noon Royal Canadian Legion Flag ceremony with speeches and cupcakes. The event will round out with popular Music in the Park featuring The Doug James Band from 3pm to 5pm.