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Q & A: Will the valley Independence Day fireworks happen?

We printed this Q&A column in the June 10, 2020 edition of The Lewiston Tribune

Q: Will the valley Independence Day fireworks happen?

A:  YES!  For 35 years, American Insurance has been a major sponsor of the Lewis-Clark Valley aerial fireworks display on July 4th.  The big, spectacular aerial fireworks display will go on as usual but the pre-show at Adams Field fell victim to the COVID pandemic and was cancelled. The Community Spirit fireworks committee felt that it was very important to maintain our aerial fireworks display as an outward sign of unity, strength, resilience, and hope as all Americans have sacrificed together in this battle with the coronavirus.

Aerial Fireworks Display - The aerial fireworks display will begin promptly at 10 p.m. on July 4th. The display will be shot from the Clarkston High School baseball field as usual. Some larger shells are planned so the fireworks will explode at higher elevations for better viewing from home locations.

Adam’s Field pre-show cancelled - The lingering uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 public gatherings in Washington State did not allow commitments to be made for a pre-show at Adams Field. Valley residents will not be allowed to sit at Adam’s Field but can watch the big aerial display from their own backyard BBQs, the dike paths on the river or other visual vantage points to observe social distancing.

Public donations needed - Funding for the annual fireworks display is a cooperative effort of individual donations and our regular corporate sponsors. The pre-show crowd donations normally fund about 10% of the fireworks costs. Without a pre-show this year other direct donations from the public would be appreciated to keep the show at its present level as costs continue to increase over time.

You can support the fireworks by making an online donation now at or mail your check to “Community Spirit Fireworks”, 805 Stewart Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501. Thank you for your support!   For more information email Community [at] Am-Ins [dot] com or call Stephanie at 208-413-6242 or contact her with a message online