Fireworks will fly over Lake McClure in celebration of America’s independence July 2, which will be the first show since 2013, according to Merced Irrigation District officials.
The “Lights on the Lake” display is set for dusk or about 9 p.m., and the spots for watching at McClure Point will open to the public at 5 p.m.
MID Parks and Recreation officials said they welcome visitors to watch the show from designated areas along the shore or from their own boats. All nighttime navigation laws apply and will be enforced, according to a news release.
“We have had several challenging years with the drought,” parks Director Bret Theodozio said in a news release. “The return of the fireworks show this year is great news to everyone and we are looking forward to making this a fantastic event.”
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The return of the fireworks show this year is great news to everyone and we are looking forward to making this a fantastic event.
Bret Theodozio, director of Merced Irrigation District’s Parks and Recreation Department
The 2013 show went well, according to MID’s spokesman Mike Jensen, but the district canceled the past two because of the state’s historic drought.
The cost will be $20 per vehicle to enter Lake McClure through the kiosk at 9090 Lake McClure Road in Snelling. Visitors also can arrive early and spend the day at Lakes McClure and McSwain, according to a news release.
About 1,750 pounds of trout were planted in Lake McSwain recently, according to the news release. Five trout with gold tags have been placed in each lake. Anglers who catch any of the gold-tagged trout can receive $250 for their catch, officials said in the statement.
One of those golden trout remains in Lake McSwain, and all five are still in Lake McClure, according to the news release. Campsites at Lake McClure are still available for the weekend.