Granger observes Fourth of July

Community turns out to Hisey Park

The Granger Pond, where Highway 223 crosses the Yakima River, makes for an ideal place for a fireworks show. Mostly all of the spent fireworks fall into water.

Photo by Ted Escobar
The Granger Pond, where Highway 223 crosses the Yakima River, makes for an ideal place for a fireworks show. Mostly all of the spent fireworks fall into water.


From front to back, brothers Joel Reyes, Geovanni Vasquez and Edward Vasquez ride one of Granger’s 32 dinosaurs before the Fourth of July Fireworks Show.

— You didn’t have to ask where to find the Fourth of July Fireworks Show here Tuesday night.

Just about the entire community was a fireworks show — again.

Granger is one of the few Yakima Valley communities that allows safe fireworks for Independence Day. You can describe what happens as wild and


A cool wild, that is. Nobody is trying to burn down the town.

Fireworks are to Grangerites what guns are to defenders of the 2nd Amendment. They don’t appreciate efforts to ban or limit them.

The Granger City Council tried to ban fireworks entirely this year. That brought about a strong protest.

In an attempt to tone things down some, the council allowed legal fireworks only.

It also decided to require permits, charging resident revelers $50 to celebrate.

But those rules don’t go into effect until next year.

So on Tuesday evening, Granger was fireworks central, again.

“If this was an indication, I’m guessing there will be a lot of people taking out permits next year,” City Clerk Alice Koerner said.

Revelers began showing up in Hisey Park around 7:30 p.m. to get ready for the 10 p.m. city display.

Noise-only fireworks were already going off at 7:30. The sky started lighting up at about 9 p.m.

Probably half of the crowd — estimated to be about 700 people — had its place staked out early.

Spectators sat on blankets, on the grass, at park benches, in cars and on cars looking northward, away from the park.

There were about 15 locations in that vicinity, stretched in a neat quarter-mile line, where fireworks were going up.

These were not cheap efforts. It seemed everybody was attempting to outdo the real show.

“It was incredible,” City Clerk Alice Koerner said. “I’m sure they spent a lot more than the city.

The city contracted Alpha Pyrotechnics of Yakima to do the show. It cost $4,000.

The townspeople, en masse, outdid the actual show, but nobody could touch Alpha one-on-one. Alpha launched its fireworks high into the sky, well above the folks’ fireworks. The sound made you wonder if that was how things sounded during a Revolutionary War Battle.

The home-based shows were just as entertaining. The spectators were treated to about an hour-and-half of fireworks all together..

John and Nikki Estill, their son Johnny and daughter Dakota came from Yakima for the fun.

“We came last year, and we really enjoyed it,” John said.


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