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The lights go on July 4

Sandy will see fireworks display, thanks to Clackamas County Bank


by: FILE PHOTO - Skies over Sandy will brighten after dusk Thursday, July 4, when a fireworks show, sponsored by Clackamas County Bank and the city of Sandy, begins its 20-minute performance of noise and colorful light.The perigee moon may have brightened the skies over Sandy last week, but some might consider Sandy’s airborne light next week even more spectacular.

Beginning at dusk — about 10 p.m. — Thursday, July 4, the annual fireworks show, sponsored by Clackamas County Bank and the city of Sandy, will bring cheers from young and old alike.

The display emanates from an open field near Sandy Cinema, said Julie Snell, the bank’s executive vice president, and can be seen for quite a distance, depending on the location of hills and tall trees. Some people park their cars in the parking lot near Champion Way, north of the cinema, while others don’t want front-row seats and prefer to see the light display from a greater distance.

Talk about front-row seats, Mark and Bonnie Gritsch, owners of Smoky Hearth Restaurant Bar and Grill, said they’ll have two bands outside their restaurant prior to the fireworks, one from 6-8 p.m. and one from 8-10 p.m. They will have outside seating and food service near their restaurant as well as on the former Paris Café patio.

The spectacular fireworks show is a production of Western Fireworks Display of Canby, and includes a multitude of colors, Snell said.

Clackamas County Bank has been sponsoring the local fireworks show since 2007, Snell said. The reason the bank is producing the show each year, Snell said, is because the bank is intensely local and supportive of many community activities.

“We want to provide our friends and families with a Fourth of July fireworks display,” she said, “to support our community. And we’re also sponsoring another community event for the 14th year — the Sandy Mountain Festival Parade.”

Years ago, Snell said, the Mountain Festival used to sponsor the fireworks display, but that ceased at some point. Feeling the void, bank officials decided to return the activity to the community.

“I am glad (fireworks) returned to Sandy,” Snell said. “After a picnic with your family, watching a fireworks display is a nice thing to do.”

For more information, call the bank at 503-668-5501.

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