Grounded last year, rekindled July 4 fireworks show is in the works for Rose Bowl stadium

Shuttered last year because of the pandemic, the Rose Bowl Stadium will host a fireworks extravaganza in the skies above the site this July Fourth, officials said.

The event, the 95th Annual AmericaFest Celebration, aims to draw families and friends to the Arroyo for a day of fun after a year of pandemic that kept such crowds from gathering.

Final details remain in the works, but organizers said beginning in the afternoon of the Fourth, there will be a free “Fan Fest” at the Stadium’s Area H that will be open to the public. As is tradition, a paid program in the evening will also take place inside the Bowl prior to the fireworks.

And from there, get ready for the nighttime show in the sky.

Councilman Steve Madison said some of the forthcoming details will including outreach to local residences on brush clearance, to keep the area safe from the potential of fire.

City officials said more details would be coming in early June.

Americafest fireworks show over the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

A reignited show would rekindle a 95-year tradition at the Rose Bowl, which went dark last year because of COVID-19. The usual extravaganza in the night sky, along with its pre-show festivities inside the Bowl, was canceled pandemic-era public health orders that restricted large groups of people.

While there weren’t any fireworks last year, the Rose Bowl’s AmericaFest found a way to make July 4 special with a flyover of the city’s landmarks and a livestreamed musical performance from atop the telescope on Mount Wilson.

Officials also worried last year about civilians setting off their own fireworks.

But this year, Pasadena and Los Angeles County’s coronavirus rates have fallen drastically as more people become vaccinated. Public health departments are easing up on health orders.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has marked June 15 on the calendar as the date to fully open businesses and lift restrictions, other than some common-sense restrictions.

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