East Portland

No 4th of July fireworks at Blue Lake this year... again

No 4th of July fireworks at Blue Lake this year... again
Photo courtesy jeffanddayna on Flickr (Creative Commons).

PORTLAND, Ore. - If you're thinking that Blue Lake Regional Park will be a good place to watch some fireworks on the 4th of July, you better make some other plans.

That's because for the second year in a row, there's won't be a fireworks show there.

According to Julie Cash at Metro (they run the park), the problem is that the non-profit group that has organized the event in the past - the East County Fireworks Group - has been unable to provide enough volunteers and funds to make it happen. And Metro doesn't have the means to make the show go on either, so they've officially suspended the event.

For years, the fireworks show at Blue Lake was a favorite in East Portland - thousands of people would show up every year to picnic in the park and watch the show.

But the event was a huge undertaking. The show took a lot of volunteers and cost a lot of money to put on, not to mention the six months of planning it took to make sure the show went off without a hitch.

One of the biggest tasks was managing the parking situation. Around 10,000 vehicles would show up that night and organizers had to have plenty of volunteers in place to direct traffic and keep everyone safe.

We asked Cash if Metro would consider bringing fireworks back to the park in the future if another group came forward and was interested in organizing it and she said they definitely would.

Now the good news in all of this is that Blue Lake Park will still be open during the daytime hours on the 4th of July for picnics, barbecues, sports, swimming and all of the other activities it's known for.