Fourth of July is around the cornerâ€”but in a severe drought, with fires all around, what will happen to the fireworks?
While the city and county cannot ban the use of all fireworks, a Santa Fe city ordinance is in effect, banning open burning like campfires and BBQ pits, along with certain kinds of fireworks like explosives, self-propelling fireworks and any that fly 15 feet or higher into the air. According to a county resolution, missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type and other fireworks are banned in most areas.
But while your at-home Independence Day display might not
be as exciting as in previous years, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe, with help from the city and county, will put
on the annual Fourth of July fireworks display at the Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Center (205
Caja Del Rio Road)â€”rather than Santa Fe High School, where the display has been held in the past. Festivities begin at 5 pm Thursday, with Thieves
& Gypsys, Nosotros, Sol Fire and others performing music to supplement the
explosions in the sky.
Taos will not decide whether to put on fireworks until the Fourth of July; and Las Vegas has cancelled its display.
On the bright side, not even a drought can keep pancakes off the Santa Fe Plaza.