At the July 13 Blythe City Council meeting, Mayor Dale Reynolds took a moment during closing reports to thank the local volunteer fire department for this year's Fourth of July Fireworks Show at the Colorado River Fairgrounds.
Presented by the City of Blythe Fire Department volunteer firefighters, the showcase featured a full Independence Day program for hundreds of hometown area families and visitors.
"I'd like to thank the fire department for an excellent fireworks show. I know you guys got a late start because of other things going on, but once it started – it was a joy," stated Reynolds. "Once again, thank you on behalf of council and the city."
Blythe City Fire Department's Fire Chief Ronnie Hasler also echoed pride in the event and organizers.
"Well, we'd like to thank the council for all of the support, and the City of Blythe. We had a good time doing it – Jason Brown is our licensed fireworks tech; he did a fantastic job. And, a lot of people don't realize (the) work that goes into that program. But also, this year, PyroTech – the people we buy our fireworks from – did not supply us with that program. That program that was put on? That was put on by Jason Brown, Jim Morris, and Steve Currier. (They) were the ones that put that program together, to shoot that off," noted Hasler. "What PyroTech gave us was – they brought the fireworks and set them down and said, 'Here.' They didn't give us any program; we had no program. So Jason, and Steve Currier, and Jim Morris got together and put that program together themselves. So everything that you (saw) – the Blythe volunteer Fire Department did that."
Blythe City Councilmember Joe Halby also lauded the hometown Fourth of July fireworks show.
"I thought it was the best show I've ever seen," said Halby of the 2021 event. "I think the community might want to continue with that (program) – I'm dead serious; that was, by far, the best one. And I've seen them all, you know; it was really, really good."
Blythe Vice Mayor Joey DeConinck also added: "I swung by there (before the show) – it gets hot out; it's, you know, hot out there. They're putting this together, and they got wires running from every one – and they got numbers. And they've got to put this number with that wire, that wire goes there. There's a lot to it – it's not just lighting a fuse and running away. (...) They were sweating out there; it's not an easy picnic when it's hot – takes a lot of effort."
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Additionally, check out some of the comments left by folks online:
"We enjoyed the show once again. We always camp Mayflower Park and make sure we come watch the show. We had friends this year and they loved it! Thank you for a(n)other great year."
Vicki Shipley Doughty
"Blythe Fire always does an outstanding job. Our favorite firework show for each year. We have been coming to this one for almost 30 years. Keep up the great work(.)"
"We are new here in town and we actually got to sit an(d) watch the fireworks(. M)y kids got to see that kids really do exist in this town lol(. B)est show ever! Thank you so much for the ice cream!"