During the March 12th work session, Frisco Town Council decided to cancel the fireworks during Frisco’s 2019 July 4th celebrations. At an earlier work session in January, Frisco Town Council first discussed the ramifications of Breckenridge’s July 4th fireworks cancellation, and at that work session, Council directed Town of Frisco staff to return to Council with a strategic crowd, traffic and parking plan for Council to evaluate. Staff returned on March 12th with this plan, as well as some ideas for improving the July 4th schedule, if there was a decision to no longer continue with fireworks.
“Fireworks have been a staple of July 4th celebrations in Frisco for decades. After considerable discussion, Council decided that it was time to start new traditions, which will celebrate our country’s independence while respecting the health and safety of our community and environment. It is our hope to see this day return to the simpler pleasures centered around enjoying time with friends and family and experiencing all that Frisco has to offer,” stated Frisco Mayor Gary Wilkinson.
The Town of Breckenridge announced in January 2019 that they would no longer be scheduling 4th of July fireworks displays, subsequently positioning Frisco’s fireworks display on July 4th, as the only one in Summit County. The anticipated result was a potentially significant increase in spectators to Frisco for the 2019 July 4th celebrations, which would create special conditions and pressures around traffic, parking and crowd management. In addition to those concerns, Council identified that increased fire danger had become the norm, rather than the exception, and that continuing this July 4th fireworks tradition seemed to run counter to protecting the quality of life and natural resources in Frisco and Summit County. These factors led Town Council to cancel the fireworks display during Frisco’s 2019 4th of July celebrations.
During the March 12th work session, Council directed staff to investigate ways to enliven the Frisco parade; provide more interesting and interactive entertainment on Main Street; move the free concert at the Frisco Bay Marina to an earlier time; and increase the budget for the concert at the Marina. Staff will be working on all of these ideas in order to create a July 4th celebration, which continues to honor the holiday and Frisco’s character.
“We see this as an opportunity to give folks a wonderful day, where they don’t have to battle crowds; rush from one activity to another; or worry about whether their four year old is going to melt down at 9:30 pm just as the fireworks are starting. In Frisco, this day will be about pancake breakfasts, catching fish at the Fishing Derby, listening to great live music, watching an authentic hometown parade or just chilling and eating a hot dog at a backyard BBQ,” stated Vanessa Agee, Town of Frisco Director of Marketing and Communications.
More information about Frisco’s July 4th celebrations may be found at Frisco4th.com.