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Fireworks’ fate rests in hands of public and TTUSD

Guest Column by Bob French

At this point, one can well imagine that most members of our community have tired from reading about the 4th of July fireworks display.

“How many times can we continue to raise this subject?” one might ask.

The short answer to that question is: “One last time.” Without the public’s assistance, the Truckee fireworks display may soon be a thing of the past.

There are some of us in this community who have clung steadfastly to the notion that a public fireworks display on our nation’s day of celebration is a worthwhile event and that our town’s citizens actually derive some pleasure from viewing such an aerial display. The misbehavior of some individuals who milled about in the streets after last year’s display, however, threaten the continued viability of this event.

Despite having had in Donner Lake the best natural arena to watch a fireworks display, the sad reality is that, at least for the foreseeable future, we will not have a show there again. With the assistance of law enforcement officials, we have identified only one other location within the Town of Truckee that will meet their concerns over public safety and crowd control issues – that location is Surprise Stadium at the Truckee High School. We have petitioned the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s Board of Trustees for permission to utilize the stadium for this display, but they have many concerns which are not unreasonable after last year’s unfortunate events. However, they are at least willing to discuss the matter with the community.

There is a perception, which may not be completely unjustified, that the fireworks are only desired by a narrow group of individuals, most of whom are on the Fireworks Committee. As such, the TTUSD Board of Trustees may well feel that granting permission to hold the fireworks at the stadium would only serve the interests of this very small group. The committee, on the other hand, whose members derive no personal gain from the event, believes that there are many individuals in this community who have fallen in love with the fireworks display and who would, if they knew that it made a difference, voice their support for the event.

If the members of our community want to see this wonderful Independence Day tradition continued in our town, now is the time to act.

Thinking that the next person will speak out in support of the event, and believing that we don’t have to personally become involved, will lead to the certain demise of this display. If Truckee is to continue to have a public fireworks display, everyone must act now to voice their support. Unless the public wishes to drive to Tahoe City, Soda Springs, or even Reno to see a fireworks display, we must take action now to preserve this tradition.

How can you lend your support? Attend the next meeting of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees, which will be held on Thursday, March 4, at 6 p.m., at the school district’s board room located at 11839 Donner Pass Road, in Truckee (at the intersection of Northwoods Boulevard and Donner Pass Road).

At the meeting, voice your support for the display. If you are unable to personally attend, write the Board of Trustees expressing your desire to see the event continued at the stadium.

Their address is 11839 Donner Pass Road, Truckee 96161. If there is insufficient time to write, then call the District’s administrative office at 582-7600 and let the Board know that this event is important to you and that you wish to see the event held at the football stadium.

If we fail to act now, then, on the next 4th of July and each successive year thereafter when we are without a public fireworks display, we will have no one to blame but ourselves in failing to speak up now. Please lend your support now to keep this Truckee tradition alive.


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