Independence Day fireworks over Lake Elsinore will return to the city this July 4.
The City Council voted unanimously to sponsor Fourth of July fireworks during Tuesday’s meeting.
The $20,000 display will be produced by San Diego County’s Fireworks America.
“Our residents are ready to celebrate Independence Day with a celebration of fireworks over the lake. It’s been too long since the city’s been able to afford to provide the fireworks,” said Pat Kilroy, the city’s parks and recreation director and former interim city director.
Kilroy said Fourth fireworks haven’t been a part of the city’s activities since 2008.
During their absence, many celebrated the holiday at Diamond Stadium, where the Lake Elsinore Storm provides a free fireworks display for those who attend a game on or around the Fourth. This year’s Independence Day fireworks at the Storm will fall on July 3.
Kilroy said having the fireworks over the lake are especially beautiful for residents thanks to the reflections off the water.
“It’s a beautiful site,” he said. “It’s something to see.”
Kilroy said the best viewing will be at Lakepoint Park, Elm Grove Beach and the campgrounds at the new boat launch, which currently is under construction.
The city also is in the process of planning a celebration for the official opening of the boat launch on June 30. Details will be announced.