Decision Expected Soon About 4th of July Party
The big 4th of July Celebration at Yakima's State Fair Park was cancelled last year because of the pandemic. Will it be back this year? Officials at State Fair Park have been talking with city and county officials over the last month about the possibility of holding the event but no decision has yet been made. Under Phase-3 state guidelines for COVID-19 state officials say "outdoor entertainment establishments such as zoos, gardens, aquariums, theaters, stadiums, event spaces, arenas, concert venues and rodeos can be open for a maximum of 400 spectators with capacity restrictions depending on the facility." State Fair Park is large and crowds could be spread out through the fairgrounds to enjoy activities during the day and watch fireworks at night. Those the current restrictions. The state however is expected to be fully open by June 30th according to Governor Jay Inslee. That means, in theory that the restrictions will be dropped at the end of June allowing the celebration to happen. A decision about whether the celebration will happen is expected to be announced on Wednesday or Thursday by officials at Yakima's State Fair Park.
Will firework sales resume this year on the Yakama Reservation? No decision has been made or announced yet. Last year the sales were cut because of concerns over the pandemic.
Selah city officials did shoot off fireworks last year despite the pandemic.
Fireworks are banned in the city of Yakima and in all the unincorporated areas of the county. However fireworks are allowed in Granger, Harrah, Mabton, Moxee and Zillah.