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Fuse is lit on Fourth of July fireworks display in Sonoma


Donations needed to offset exploding costs

By Paul Goguen

To pay tribute to COVID-19 front line workers and to honor those who have lost their lives during the pandemic, the Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters Association (SVFA) announced that there will be a fireworks display this July Fourth. With public gatherings still banned, changes have been made to the fireworks display that will allow for better, more remote viewing. Fireworks technicians are making changes to the show for a higher aerial display and promise this year’s experience will be a spectacular return. Viewers are encouraged to watch from home or from a distance due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

“It’s been a long time since we have been able to celebrate our nation together and we are thrilled that we can experience the Fourth of July fireworks display again. Given current worldwide impacts, we still need to ensure that we remain vigilant in our fight against the global pandemic. It is essential that we continue to socially distance and wear face coverings while in public spaces,” said an SVFA press release.

Unfortunately, there will not be a parade or plaza celebration this year; however, there are plans for a local car club to coordinate an old-fashioned car cruise. More details will be released as the date approaches.

Traditionally, the parade and plaza festival generated revenue to offset the costs of the fireworks display, but without those events this year, more funding is needed. To make a donation, please visit the SVFA website at or mail your donation to SVFA, 630 2nd St. W., Sonoma, CA 95476.