ROSEBURG, Ore. – The annual Roseburg Hometown 4th of July fireworks show has been officially canceled this year.
Organizers said the cancellation had to do with roadblocks they faced while planning over the past year.
Rob Thomas said they put in requests with the City of Roseburg to use the Roseburg Airport or Reservoir Hill to shoot the fireworks off, just like they did last year.
However, he said that request was denied due to safety reasons. Last year, the hill caught on fire during the show.
“The terrain on that portion of the hill is very rough and wavy and steep,” he said. “So it gets really hard for people to get in there and fight the fire.”
Thomas said they had two other locations in mind: Stewart Park and the Douglas County fairgrounds. He said they quickly realized those two locations would not be COVID-safe, in case the restrictions are still in effect by July.
“It makes it a logistical nightmare. It’s hard being able to get other vendors in there for like food and drink, there is a lot of complications,” said Thomas.
However, the news is not sitting well with Roseburg residents. The news was announced online earlier this week, and it caused a stir on social media.
Many Roseburg residents told KEZI 9 News that this was something they were looking forward to, especially after a year in the pandemic.
"It’s pretty upsetting,” said Shayla Brown. “I know last year there was some issues. But yeah, it's such a disappointment."
Others said they’re frustrated there was no compromise.
“There are people raising families and are looking forward for things to do in the summer. And canceling it again is not the right thing to do,” said Michelle Nichols.
However, Thomas said they are hard at work on their 2022 show. Until then, he said he hopes people check out other shows happening in Douglas County, like in Winston.
Committee members said they’re disappointed the Roseburg show is canceled, but they’re hopeful more people will flock to Winston to support their event.
“It’s going to give us a chance to show what we’ve been working on all year,” said stand-in president Jennifer Lucas. “And bring the two communities together.”
The Winston Area Independence Day event will take place on July 3.