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LH looking for new location for annual fireworks show

By Taylor Engle
La Habra Journal

One of the many annual La Habra traditions is the Fourth of July firework show, which occurred Tuesday. However, for the first time in years, 2018 is up in the air when it comes to location.

While the event typically takes place at the La Habra High School football stadium, the school’s plans to completely reconstruct the area disrupts that possibility.
“We’re still in the planning stages. The stadium is just one element of the community event,” said Recreation Manager David De Leon.
The Measure I Bond, passed in 2014, approved reconstruction projects at all Fullerton Joint Union High School District campuses.
New developments at LHHS include a new performing arts center, updates to science classrooms and kitchen facilities and the redesign of the football stadium. There are plans for a new concession stand, bathrooms, and team rooms underneath the stands.
The city is toying with the idea of hosting the event at La Bonita Park. The event would take up fields 2 and 3 and would actually be more square feet than the stadium is.
2018 hopes to have room for the usual Fourth of July events. There would still be music, a stage and room for children to play games. However, the additional space would open up more options for the food vendors.
“If anyone in the community has any suggestions for where to have the event, we’d love to hear,” De Leon said.
The main concern with the event location is the need for a fallout zone. De Leon said there isn’t a lot of space in La Habra that can host fireworks.
“When you combine the rockets with the wind, there’s a certain amount of debris,” De Leon said. “There aren’t many other locations where fireworks can be launched. If we did it at La Bonita, we would be able to use the same launch area.”
The city also plans for the firework show to be different and more exciting than usual. “We really just want to have a fun event for the city,” De Leon said.

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