Aside from a love of a fireworks display and living in small town USA, what is the magic of this day? Is it watching those high flying aerials, listening to the "oohs" and "ahs," getting together with friends and family, or having a BBQ? Is it knowing that we live in the greatest country in the world? Maybe it's all that.
Firework shows in the valley go back more than 30 years. It ended in the '70s and was brought back by the Chamber of Commerce in 1989. In that first year, the cost to attend was $2. But then, it was a smaller show, with less costs. Not having a large selection of places to hold the show, Crescenta Valley High School, along with the district, agreed to allow the event at their school. A most perfect place.
In the early years of this show, gates opened at 10 a.m. That made for a very, very long, hot day. Okay, it didn't take long to adjust those times. Trial and error over the years finally got the chamber to the time the community was ready to arrive. Food booths were plentiful; having the well respected, family-run Kemsley Carnival as a part of the event helped immensely.