City’s fireworks show a go over the outlet mall

GET READY— This year’ s fireworks show will again be at the Camarillo Premium Outlets.

GET READY— This year’ s fireworks show will again be at the Camarillo Premium Outlets.

Red, white and blue will once again light up the sky during Camarillo’s Fourth of July fireworks show.

“Having grown up in Camarillo, I fondly remember the annual fireworks show,” Mayor Shawn Mulchay said. “It’s a tradition I love to celebrate, as do many of our residents.”

This year’s event will be held at the Camarillo Premium Outlets’ parking lots, and the fireworks will be visible from surrounding areas.

The 18-minute display will begin at 9 p.m.

Admission is free, and no additional activities are planned.

The city plans to spend just over $56,000 on this year’s event, according to an agenda report.

Beginning in 2008, the fireworks show had been held at Adolfo Camarillo High School’s stadium, but Mulchay said the Oxnard Union High School District has declined the city’s requests to host the show at the campus for the past several years due to renovations.

“It’s unfortunate, as the high school provided an amazing location to host and view the fireworks,” he said. “The city, though, has been diligent in locating alternative locations for hosting, and the Hiji family, who own a parcel behind the Camarillo Premium Outlets, have been gracious enough to provide a space for this tradition to continue.”

City staff expects this year’s event to draw more customers to the outlets—which will close at 8 p.m.—and nearby restaurants.

Camarillo Center Drive will be closed from about 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. while Factory Stores Drive, Plaza La Vista, Hughes Drive, Ventura Boulevard and Las Posas Road will have temporary partial closures from about 8:45 to 10 p.m.

Mulchay said that as much as he loves the fireworks, he is aware that the loud noises torment many veterans with PTSD as well as pets. He said he has suggested using a quieter type of firework or even exploring a drone light show, but the city has not pursued alternatives.

Makena Huey