By Pam Stevens
The Mira Mesa Town Council, Mira Mesa’s overall volunteer non-profit civic group, and Scripps Mesa Fireworks, the volunteer non-profit which organizes and raises funds for the fireworks display, have announced the postponement of the 46th annual Fourth of July Parade, Fun Day, and Fireworks Show, which was being planned for Saturday, July 4, 2020.
“After reviewing the most recent statements by the City, County, State, and CDC, it is obvious that we will not be able to host this event on July 4th in its traditional format. Even if we were to be allowed to stage an event on July 4th, the restrictions that would be required and the cost of implementing them would prevent us from presenting the event,” said Mira Mesa Town Council president Bari Vaz.
“Instead we will work to present a smaller event at a later date, at a time when the community can come together without restrictions or concern that doing so may jeopardize their health,” Vaz said.
Scripps Mesa Fireworks, the non-profit volunteer group responsible for the fireworks show, made a similar announcement that in adherence with the restrictions imposed upon large gatherings due to the COVID-19 response, they have suspended preparations for a 4 th of July Fireworks Show for 2020.
“We are disappointed that this difficult decision needed to be made,” said Scripps Mesa Fireworks President Michael Spencer. “We are hopeful this is just a postponement and we will be able to celebrate together at a later date. Our annual fireworks celebration is 45 years strong and is important to so many. However, the continued health and safety of our local community must be our number one priority at this time.”
Scripps Mesa Fireworks is sponsored by Title Sponsor 3Roots by Mesa Canyon Community Partners, Vulcan Materials Company, Casa Mira View Apartments, and Mira Mesa Shopping Center West. Despite the postponement, no losses of funds were incurred by Scripps Mesa Fireworks. In the event that rescheduling the show in 2020 is not possible, all funds that have been raised will be used towards the 2021 4th of July fireworks show.
California Governor Gavin Newsom’s order requiring 40 million California residents to stay at home, and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency’s public health order restricting public gatherings were critical in the decision to postpone the 4th of July Celebration, including the Fireworks Show.
Mira Mesa’s 4 th of July Celebration is one of many major summer events to be postponed or cancelled, including several local 4th of July events, Comic-Con International: San Diego, and the San Diego County Fair.
Scripps Mesa Fireworks is a 501c3 non-profit corporation dedicated to raising funds for and organizing the 4th of July Fireworks show over Mira Mesa for the residents of Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Miramar, and all our neighbors, “giving back to the community by celebrating our freedom under a show in the night skies.”
Scripps Mesa Fireworks is a completely volunteer organization with 100% of the money raised going towards the fireworks show and associated permits and insurance. Scripps Mesa Fireworks has earned a 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar.
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or