Update on the 2023 Independence Day Celebration
The City of Vista regretfully announces the cancellation of this year’s Independence Day Celebration because of a shortage of fireworks companies in the region. The pandemic significantly impacted the fireworks industry when those businesses suffered cancellations in 2020. Several could not recover and have gone out of business, leaving the region with fewer qualified fireworks companies. Those who have stayed open are booked for this year and cannot add more shows because of staffing shortages. Moving forward, City staff will present an agreement to the City Council with a company that will guarantee fireworks shows from 2024 through 2028. The City looks forward to the return of fireworks shows at Brengle Terrace Park on July 4, 2024.
The City of Vista recognizes that the Independence Day Celebration is a beloved tradition. It shares the disappointment of residents who look forward to this event every year. The Wave Waterpark will be open on July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a special Military, Fire, and Law Enforcement Day, where active or retired military, firefighters, and law enforcement personnel will receive free admission, while up to six of their dependents can purchase tickets for just $10 each.
“We hope that this early announcement of the fireworks cancellation will give residents plenty of time to make alternative plans for the holiday,” stated City Manager John Conley. “The Wave Waterpark will be open on July 4, as will all other City parks for residents and visitors to enjoy. Even without fireworks, our city’s parks are perfect for celebrating.”
Reminder: Townsite Drive Complete Streets Project Groundbreaking; Please Note the Time Change to 10 am – The City Council hosts the groundbreaking of the Townsite Drive Complete Streets Project on May 2 at 10 am in front of New Haven Youth & Family Services at 216 W. Los Angeles Drive, Vista. The project will transform approximately 1.2 miles of Townsite Drive/W. Los Angeles Drive from East Drive to East Vista Way by constructing sidewalks in missing areas, updating ADA ramps, and constructing ADA-compliant driveways to improve pedestrian access, mobility, and safety. Other amenities are included.
May Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, May 2 at 6 pm: Planning Commission
Wednesday, May 3 at 6 pm: Traffic Commission
Tuesday, May 9 at 5:30 pm: City Council
Tuesday, May 16 at 6 pm: Planning Commission
Tuesday, May 23 at 5:30 pm: City Council
May at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center -The McClellan Senior Center, located in Brengle Terrace Park, has published its May newsletter outlining events, services, and menus for the month. GET MORE DETAILS
Soroptimist International of Vista Hosts Monthly Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative Meeting -Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting on Thursday, May 4, at 9 am, at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Ave., Vista. The event is free to the public, and complimentary coffee and pastries will be provided. The guest speaker will be San Diego Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Matzger, Chief of the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division.
The North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative is a diverse group of individuals and community organizations committed to eliminating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Their mission is to raise awareness of human trafficking, provide a platform to share information, improve victim services, educate ourselves and the public, and advocate for policy and legislation related to human trafficking. GET MORE DETAILS
Vista Garden Club’s Flower Show & Plant Sale, May 6-7 -For 87 years, the Vista Garden Club has presented its annual Flower Show and this year’s edition is scheduled for May 6-7 at Jim Porter Recreation Center, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. The event includes floral designs, educational exhibits, and botanical arts photography. GET MORE DETAILS
Boys & Girls Club’s Kids Night Out, May 11 -Join the Boys & Girls Club of Vista on Thursday, May 11, for its second annual Kids Night Out. This fundraiser features a carnival theme and provides an opportunity for community members to get an inside look at the Club and the direct impact made on our local youth. Each adult mentor who attends will be paired with a Club Kid as they compete in various activities throughout the club. GET MORE DETAILS
Grants Available for Independent Restaurants – The California Restaurant Foundation is offering $5,000 grants to San Diego County restaurants that require upgrades to kitchen appliances or their website. The Restaurants Care Resilience Fund is a partnership with the California food industry trade group and California utility companies, Southern California Gas, Pacific Gas & Electric, and San Diego Gas & Electric. The fund totals $2.1M and will award larger grants to 366 restaurants across California. Eligible restaurants must have less than $3M in annual revenue and be a customer of SDG&E. Priority will be given to restaurants owned by women and people of color. GET MORE DETAILS
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