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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Moorpark has canceled its annual July 3rd Fireworks Extravaganza.
Under the State of California’s plan to gradually re-open California in four stages, the annual July 3rd Fireworks Extravaganza, which brings over 10,000 people every year to Arroyo Vista Community Park, events of this size will not be allowed until the fourth and final stage. The City does not anticipate that the state will be in Stage 4 by July 3rd.
In addition to the official event at Arroyo Vista Community Park, the fireworks also draw many thousands of Moorpark residents, their friends, and their families to public parks, parking lots, and open spaces throughout Moorpark, with people in very close proximity. This represents an additional, unmanageable concern about public health and safety.
“This was a difficult decision, but one that is necessary,” said City Manager Troy Brown. “The health and safety of our residents are top priorities for the City. The long-standing 3rd of July event in Moorpark has become a local community tradition, with 11,500 people attending last year. However, in the interest of public health, we unfortunately have to make the decision to forego the event for this year.”
The City is exploring alternate ways to safely celebrate Independence Day as a community, and encourages all Moorpark residents and businesses to share their creative ideas to celebrate with the City at AVRC@moorparkca.gov.
Mayor Janice Parvin added: “When our annual Easter Egg Hunt was canceled, our dedicated recreation team put on a two-day Easter Bunny Parade traveling through Moorpark neighborhoods bringing hundreds of families to their driveways to spread springtime cheer. Moorpark is an amazing community, and I know we will find a way to celebrate our community and country this Independence Day safely and memorably.”