The photo shows a fireworks show from the past in Red Bluff. (DN file)

RED BLUFF— Despite a series of cancellations, the July 4 fireworks show in Red Bluff was still scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Thursday with fireworks at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge. According to the Red Bluff Fireworks Committee, River Park is the best viewing location.

Jason Bauer, coordinator of Principle Objectives for the Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber has not heard of any cancellations. He said shows have been canceled in the past, but that is usually a decision day. The public would be notified of the change if there were cancellations.

City of Oroville officials are asking residents to refrain from setting off safe and responsible fireworks at this time.

Fireworks during the 2023 River Park show in Red Bluff on July 4. (Contributed by Michelle Hickok)
Fireworks during the 2023 River Park show in Red Bluff on July 4. (Contributed by Michelle Hickok)

On Tuesday, the California Department of Parks and Recreation announced that the July 4 fireworks display in Orovile has been canceled due to public safety.

The agency said that due to the significant evacuations and damage caused by the Thompson Fire, State Parks and partner agencies, including Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Public Works and Oroville personnel, have a significant number of resources dedicated to protecting the community. It added that these agencies also have employees with families displaced by these evacuations who are assisting the Lake Oroville community.

All subunits of Lake Oroville State Recreation Area are temporarily closed so that staff can focus on firefighting and community protection activities. State Parks expects the parks, including camping, to remain closed at least through Friday.

Donations to the Oroville Chamber of Commerce for fireworks will be used for a community fireworks display to be scheduled for a later, safer time.

Silver Dollar Speedway announced that its fireworks show in Chico has been canceled. The company said that Cal Fire has set up camp at the fairgrounds facility, and out of respect for the firefighters on site, the evacuations, and all fire safety personnel, they have decided to cancel the show.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this fire,” Silver Dollar Speedway added.

Paradise Mayor Steve Crowder also announced that the July 4 Parade of Flags was canceled due to the extreme heat.

“It sucks to have to cancel but it’s the smart thing to do,” Crowder wrote. “The flags will be missed, I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th.”

Another mayor, Brian Bassett of Biggs, announced that their main holiday event was off after consultation with the sheriff. He said the city would not have enough fire support to hold a fireworks show with all that is going on. The breakfast and parade are still on.

“See you next year,” he said.

In Redding, the annual Freedom Festival continues on the grounds of the Redding Civic Auditorium on Thursdays at 6 p.m.

The annual fireworks show begins around 10 p.m. on the grounds of the Redding Civic Auditorium. According to city officials, the free show is one of the largest in California, with more than 1,700 shells produced by Pyro Spectacular.

Tune in to 97.3 FM to hear the show’s soundtrack.

City officials said vendors will be selling snacks and drinks from 6 p.m. to 9:55 p.m. They advised people to bring cash, as not all vendors accept credit cards.