LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster’s 4th of July Extravaganza, which was scheduled for Monday at the Antelope Valley Fair & Event Center, has been cancelled, officials announced. Organizers were forced to cancel the celebration after the California State Fire Marshall found the event vendor, Exposhows, Inc., to be “engaged in alleged, undisclosed illegal activity,” city officials announced in a news release issued Friday.
The California State Fire Marshall raided the ExpoShows warehouse, located in Mojave, on Saturday, June 25. The agency held a press conference on Thursday to announce details of the investigation. [View video from the press conference below.]
“The City Council and I are deeply saddened by this news – it is not the outcome we had hoped for,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “While we can’t celebrate together with a fireworks display, I am confident we will bounce back, resilient after our own setback this year… I’m sure we will all enjoy fun and laughs with friends, family, backyard barbecues, and possibly more intimate conversations at home about what it truly means to be a free citizen of the United States.”
Tickets for Lancaster’s 4th of July Extravaganza purchased through the AV Fair and Event Center will be refunded. In the meantime, Lancaster city officials have compiled a list of neighboring fireworks events that local residents can attend to celebrate Independence Day:
All-American 4th of July Festival
For information, visit their website.
Spirit of America Fireworks Spectacular at Westfield Valencia Town Center.
Begins at 9:20 p.m.
For more information, visit https://calendar.santa-clarita.com/event/spirit_of_america_fireworks_spectacular#.Yr40xHbMKUl.
Starlight Bowl, 1249 Lockheed View Dr.
Festivities last from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Jewel City Sparkles Fireworks show, centered near Harvard St and Brand Blvd.
Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.
For information, call 818-548-2792 or visit https://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/49229/18.
Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave.
Show begins at 9:30 p.m.
For information, visit https://www.cvfireworks.com/event/.
Rose Bowl Stadium, “AmericaFest”
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available and start at $20.
For more information, visit https://www.visitpasadena.com/events/annual-events/americafest/.
31 comments for "Lancaster’s 4th of July Extravaganza Cancelled"
Tim Scott says
So passes another year of the annual “how harsh penalties make no difference as a tool in law enforcement” demonstration. Maybe next year the fireworks importers can get the cops to double the fine again and improve their business even more.
THE FIREWORKS JOINT WAS USING FALSE LICENSES AND MAKING HOMEMADE BOMBS SAID KFI NEWS JUST NOW…
WHY WOULD PALMDALE AND LANCASTER HIRE SUCH AN APPARENTLY FLY BY NIGHT LOSER DEAL LIKE THIS..?
DO YOU ALSO SMELL CORRUPTION..?
WHY DON’T THEY ALL JUST SHOW UP AND SHINE FLASH LIGHTS UNDER THEIR CHINS AND MAKE SCARY SOUNDS…
AND SHINE THOSE LASERS INTO THE SKY AND ALL AROUND..?
MAYBE THE FLYING SAUCERS FROM OUTER SPACE WOULD SEE THE PRETTY LASERS AND FINALLY LAND AND SAY HELLO EVERYBODY…
AND SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS FOR US…
THEN WE COULD ALL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER…
I HATE YOU! My dog is throwing up with the huge blasts next to my home
Property owner says
The fair is a joke as it’s too hot (no trees) and it’s dusty being located in a river bed of dust all around it and just add wind. Windy every day!!
You all live in the worst city in California. Be happy your trailers even have power
Google ‘Bombay beach’ if you think we live in the worst city in Cali, lol.
Amongst many others.
This show is trash every year anyway, see better displays of fireworks from the citizens on the Eastside of Lancaster.
Big Bobby says
Nothing the commies hate more than fireworks.
So many miserable people out there .Give your dog some calming chews . Works well for my dog . As far as the dust goes , what did you think would happen living there ? And yet they continue to bitch and complain . Find a solution to your problem instead of polluting your problem to everyone
Anti commie says
BYD is very close by. Bullseye!
Shinning Star says
This is All about politics! Who cares, I hear fireworks every night and not just on the 4th of the July. People please! Why do I continue to see firework stands posted throughout the LA County. Something is wrong with this picture. Period!!! And who pays for this? That’s what I thought!
Tim Scott says
Uhhhh…the people buying fireworks pay for the fireworks stands. Is that what you were thinking?
As a rough guess, ten percent of the charitable outreach that happens in the valley over the course of a year is funded by the fireworks booths. If we magically got rid of the illegal fireworks and all those were replaced with legal fireworks imagine how much more fundraising would be accomplished.
You’re an idiot. The firework stands are to raise money for their specific organization.
I find this appropriate, actually, given the recent SCOTUS decision on Roe v. Wade.
I very much agree
Dee Vaughn says
Agreed half the population lost the right to thier bodies
No agreed half of the population lost the right to murder at will ! If you believe this is about “my body my choice”, tell that to the same commies who slapped YOU with forced vaccination…
Its not murder. fetuses aren’t human beings yet.
How did this become about abortion when this is about a firework show
“fetuses aren’t human beings yet” – The only way to validate murder or other crimes against humanity by the masses is to delegitimize human life of said group.
You would agree that a 2 month old baby has human value and rights, but before it is born it’s a fetus and so we can dispose of it and it has no value? At what point do you think a fetus become a baby? At birth, or is it a specific month of pregnancy? At what point does the fetus transform into a baby and gain human value and human rights? There is no 1 day transformation from fetus to baby, it is growing in the womb day by day, from the date which it was conceived.
Tim Scott says
I personally think that autonomy is a component in being human, so a fetus being a component of the mother doesn’t qualify as a human any more than a tumor does…but my personal view is irrelevant.
The real issue is that people are entitled to their own view, whether it is in agreement with mine or not. A woman that shares your view that a clump of cells is a person certainly should not be compelled to commit what she would consider murder just because I would not consider it to be so. Similarly, a woman should not be compelled to carry a fetus to term just because you think it is a human being.
You do realize every other city in the united states are still having big, beautiful fireworks shows..?
Sad to say I live here says
This is just an absolute joke on so many levels. This just keeps solidifying my feelings about anything that goes on at the Fair Grounds. Even events like the latest poppy festival are an absolute joke. The entire planning and organization of it all feel like it’s being put on by High School Committees for school credit.
I also find R. Rex. Parris’s statement to just be beyond cringe and super detached from the actual people living here.
” I am confident we will bounce back, resilient after our own setback this year… ” Try last 3-4 years have been pitiful in keeping peoples faith in our city. Events that are not held at the fairgrounds don’t ever seem to have this issue ie. the BLVD’s winter wonderland event was fantastic. I feel that the actual effort that is needed for these big events is a long cry from being there.
Last years fireworks were great, the music was terrible, anything that mentioned fire was played. No though was put into it.
Rex’s reality and our reality are two very different things. He’s living carefree in Laguna and Lancaster is lit up like a war zone. His Eye in the Sky proved worthless again. Rex needs to resign.
You Can't Handle the Truth says
The fairgrounds was not ready for this event. If they were, the daytime events and food vendors would still be going on. Dan and his fair board I bet were the ones that tipped off the fire marshal to go check out the Mojave location. Let’s see what excuse they use to cancel the fair in September.
Fireworks are the work of satan and his followers
This B*tch says
It that case “All Hail Satan” get a grip freaking weirdo!!