Not one hour after the gates opened at La Crescenta Elementary on Wednesday afternoon, locals had claimed their spots on the schoolyard with chairs and umbrellas five hours before the fireworks would begin.
Around 4,000 people were expected to view fireworks at the school nearby the launching place at Crescenta Valley High School. Many more would watch them from nearby homes.
The sixth annual event put on by the Crescenta Valley Fireworks Assn. cost $45,000 that mostly came from community donors and funds raised from last year’s event.
“It’s just everybody that makes this event wonderful,” said Steve Pierce, an association member. He said each year, many families will watch the show from their own backyards and will donate to the association.
“I would say we probably have anywhere from 75 to 100 donors that give money just because they watch the fireworks somewhere else,” he said.