Fireworks Show Canceled to Protect Health and Safety

Post Date:07/02/2020


 The City has received hundreds of calls and comments regarding our decision to cancel the fireworks show (see below). We greatly appreciate the disappointment and concerns expressed.  Cancellation was a very difficult decision.

While COVID-19 caused us serious concerns, we were getting tons of interest from visitors across Southern California eager to come to Lake Elsinore to view our fireworks show.

In the midst of this pandemic and during the biggest holiday weekend, the City does not have the resources to manage thousands of visitors. These are the lessons learned from the 2019 Super Bloom.

The City has a responsibility to provide public safety services to our community. With thousands of visitors, our roads could be gridlocked, our law enforcement could be overrun, and our fire and paramedic teams could be unable to respond quickly to any emergency – medical or fire-related.

We considered scenarios where people are lighting off illegal fireworks, one catches a home or a vacant lot on fire, and our fire teams cannot respond fast enough as the fire spreads to other houses or beaches where people are unable find safety due to roads being gridlocked.

In Lake Elsinore, public safety is our top priority. Unfortunately, we could not risk the safety of our residents and businesses for a fireworks show that was becoming a magnet for visitors from outside our City.


On Thursday, July 2nd, the City of Lake Elsinore announced it will be canceling its Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular to best protect the overall health and safety of the community.

The City’s decision came after consulting with Riverside County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, who supported the cancellation. This week, COVID-19 cases hit new highs in Riverside County and State and County officials expressed serious concerns about hospitalizations and the lack of ICU bed capacity. Yesterday, Governor Newsom strongly encouraged agencies to consider the cancellation of fireworks shows to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, this week both Governor Newsom and Dr. Kaiser urged residents to celebrate at home and avoid mixing households.

“In the last week, we have had a significant increase in outside visitors interested in coming to our City to watch the fireworks,” said Mayor Brian Tisdale. “We have seen first-hand what can happen when our community is overrun by visitors. We have limited resources and we have serious concerns about our ability to ensure the safety of our community.”

In 2019, the City faced significant challenges when thousands of visitors descended on the community to see the Super Bloom.

In addition, with the Governor poised to send out strike teams to enforce his orders, the City did do not want Lake Elsinore to become a target for enforcement that could lead to future state funding restrictions.  It is out of this abundance of caution, coupled with the obvious threat to public health that the City felt compelled to take this action.

The Annual Fireworks Spectacular was planned to take place on Saturday, July 4th at 9:00 p.m. The City will issue refunds to those who have purchased Night Lake Use Passes to watch the show on the water.

More information will be posted shortly regarding refunds. 

At this time, the lake and beaches remain open. 

View Press Release Announcing Cancellation 


View By Boat

Do you have a boat (with proper night lights) and want to experience the Fireworks show while on the Lake?

The City is offering a Night Boating Pass for July 4th to watch the Annual Fireworks Spectacular on your boat or pontoon! We are currently having a pre-sale package as a 4th of July Extreme Experience for $100.00. This package includes launching, day lake use, parking, & a night lake pass.  

The experience of watching this incredible show from the water is PRICELESS! To get your limited 4th of July Extreme Experience Pass, you may purchase at Launch Pointe, 32040 Riverside Drive, Lake Elsinore (951-471-1212), from 7 a.m. to dusk or online. Click here to purchase! Online Pass sales end at 4:00PM on 7/3/20

Remember, there is a limited amount of passes, so get yours today!

Note: Annual Passes are only valid during Lake hours: sunrise to sunset; Pass holders must purchase a 4th of July Night Boating Pass to stay on the water after sunset to 10:30PM on July 4, 2020.

To purchase a single parking pass click here to purchase.  Online Pass sales end at 4:00PM on 7/3/20

Click here to view the Lake Map - Firework Fallout Zone Map

View FAQs here 


Fireworks Spectacular

The Fireworks show will begin at 9:00 p.m. shooting off from the T-Peninsula! The show will be paired with a Sky Concert synchronized to KOLA's Radio Station (99.9 FM).

The best way to enjoy the fireworks is to practice social distancing, be respectful, and be mindful of others.

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