The Canada Day celebrations across the country this coming summer will be extra special as the nation celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday.
Celebrations are planned here in Kimberley of course, but this year Kimberley Chamber Manager Mike Guarnery wants something extra.
Fireworks are a staple of July 1 celebrations, but Kimberley hasn’t had them as part of their Canada Day lineup. Kimberley folks who want to enjoy Canada Day fireworks usually head to Cranbrook.
The problem is expense. Guarnery says a good fireworks show, not just five or ten minute, will cost about $8,000. That’s more than the Kimberley Chamber, or the First Saturday group, who are assisting with plans this year, can afford.
So Guarnery is putting out the call to the community to help fund the fireworks. He has started a Go Fund Me page at www.gofundme.com/Kimberley-fireworks.
“We need $8,000 to put on a really great show,” Guarnery said. “That’s only $5 per household.”
Discussions have already been held with a pyro-technical expert and with the Kimberley Fire Department.
Purcell Field in Marysville has been chosen as the preferred location and everything is a go if enough funds can be raised.
The only glitch could be the possibility of a fire ban.
“We don’t want to compromise safety,” Guarnery said. “If there is a fire ban, we will store the fireworks and use them at Oktoberfest. But we’re really hoping for Canada Day.”