By Doug Petrowski
The City of Mountlake Terrace is struggling to get the fuse lit on a new Independence Day celebration this summer as it has yet to find a licensed firework pyrotechnician for the July 4 event.
The city’s Recreation and Parks Department announced in November that it will attempt to stage an Independence Day community event with two hours of musical entertainment leading up to a 10 p.m. aerial fireworks show. The program would be dependent upon finding sponsoring businesses and organizations willing to foot the $10,000 price tag for the evening. A licensed pyrotechnician would also have to be brought in for the fireworks show.
“The fireworks vendor that we would like to use, and who works with Tour de Terrace, is booked up,” City Manager John Caulfield told the city council earlier this week. “We’ve reached out to at least two other vendors and they have both gone out of business.”
The city is pursuing a couple other pyrotechnic companies and is consulting with other local municipalities for more possible leads in available pyrotechnicians, said Recreation and Parks Director Don Sarcletti.
“Once we’re able to secure the (fireworks) vendor we’re going to be reaching out to the community, particularly the business community, to look for funding and support,” Caulfield said. The city has a self-appointed May 1 deadline for securing all the vendors and sponsors needed to put on the July 4 event.