Clovis News

Freedom Fest set for Fourth

Kevin Hatai and Haley Allen wait for the 2013 Clovis Freedom Fest fireworks show to begin.
Kevin Hatai and Haley Allen wait for the 2013 Clovis Freedom Fest fireworks show to begin. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

Food, games and fireworks galore are planned for the 19th annual Freedom Fest on Monday. The Fourth of July will be celebrated at Clovis High School’s Lamonica Stadium at the corner of Barstow and Fowler Avenues beginning at 4 p.m.

The event, hosted by Clovis Kiwanis, promises lots of family-friendly fun and top-notch live entertainment.

The spectacular fireworks show has been voted the best in the region for 12 consecutive years, organizers said.

Due to ongoing work in Buchanan High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium last year, the annual event moved to Lamonica Stadium.

Clovis Kiwanis event chair Eddie De Leon said it will be a permanent move.

“At Buchanan they built a new soccer field complex where our fireworks used to be set up. That’s protected turf now, so Freedom Fest will be permanently moved to Lamonica Stadium,” he said.

Although the venue “worked out perfectly,” De Leon said, “the one drawback is we lose about 500 parking spaces.”

It is recommended to arrive early and carpool if possible.

Nine food vendors will be ready to sell tri-tip, hamburgers, hot dogs, burritos, tacos, barbecue, funnel cakes, churros, shave ice, cotton candy, kettle corn, ice cream and Italian ice around 5 p.m., De Leon said.

About a dozen crafters will sell T-shirts, handbags, jewelry and other handmade items.

Live music will be played from 6 to 9 p.m.

The fireworks show will begin at dusk, about 9:15 p.m., and no one will be allowed in or out of the gates once it begins until it is over, for safety reasons. The show is expected to last about 25 minutes.

“It is the biggest show in the Central Valley,” De Leon said. “It’s a $30,000 show with 1,200 charges. Reedley isn’t going to have a show this year; they should come out to ours.”

Attendees may bring shade tents, and folding chairs and blankets are highly suggested. Ice chests are allowed, but must contain food, water or soft drinks only. No alcoholic beverages are allowed at the event.

Pets, glass containers, tobacco, fireworks and loitering outside of the stadium are also prohibited.

The cost of admission is $5. Children under 5 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Valley First Credit Union, 1177 N. Willow Ave., Clovis and 618 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno. It is recommended to buy tickets in advance, as the ticket line at the gate is usually long and is not shaded from the sun.

At-home fireworks safety

Planning your own fireworks show? Only fireworks deemed “Safe and Sane” are allowed in the City of Clovis. The term refers to fireworks that do not have aerial effects or explode, such as sparklers, snaps, smoke balls, fountains, snakes and snakes. The items, sold at approved booths within the City of Clovis, will be affixed with a California State Fire Marshal seal.

Fireworks should not be altered in any way. Statistics show that 98 percent of fireworks related problems, including fires, burns and injuries, are from using illegal fireworks or altering the use and function of legal fireworks, officials said.

The Clovis Fire Department reminds homeowners that they are responsible for activity that occurs on their property.

“As you celebrate, be aware that if someone attending your event uses illegal fireworks, you will be fined $1,000 as the homeowner and could face civil/criminal charges as well,” officials said. “Take some time in advance to remind all your guests to be responsible as we celebrate this holiday.”

Clovis Fire Department spokesman Chad Fitzgerald added that City of Clovis will relax its watering rules from 8 p.m. to midnight on July 4 for even numbered addresses so that homeowners may protect their property. Odd numbered addresses are already designated to water outdoors on that day.

Residents should use fireworks away from grass, bushes and other combustibles. Spent fireworks should be doused in water and placed in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the following day, officials said.

Marked and unmarked fire investigators and police officers will enforce the fireworks code in the community during the holiday. To report illegal fireworks, call (559) 324-2800.

Where To Buy

The following fireworks booths within the City of Clovis will sell Safe and Sane fireworks Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4. Fireworks booths are fundraisers for a variety of local nonprofit organizations.

California Odyssey — 1885 Herndon Ave.

Amateur Radio Pioneers — Northeast corner of Ashlan and Fowler avenues

Apostolic — Northwest corner of Ashlan and Fowler avenues

Armenian Community School — 596 W. Shaw Ave. at Helm Avenue

Athletics (Clovis/Fresno) — 498 W. Shaw Ave. at Peach Avenue

Buchanan High School Band/Color Guard — 1185 Herndon Ave. at Clovis Avenue

Buchanan High School Baseball Club — 80 W. Bullard Ave. at Minnewawa Avenue

Central Valley Cycling Charitable Association — Southeast corner of Shaw and Willow avenues

Central Valley Sportsmen — 2179 Shaw Ave. at Armstrong Avenue

Clovis East Band/Color Guard — 2166 Shaw Ave. at Armstrong Avenue

Clovis East High School Forensics — 240 W. Shaw Ave. at Villa Avenue

Clovis East Wrestling Club — 1794 Fowler Ave. at Ashlan Avenue

Clovis High Band Boosters — 1830 Shaw Ave. at Fowler Avenue

Clovis High Football/Soccer Boosters — Northwest corner of Shaw and Clovis avenues

Copper Springs Church — 1363 5th Street at Sunnyside Avenue

Cougar Foundation — 323 W. Shaw Ave. at Peach avenue

Elks Lodge #2599 (Clovis) — Southeast corner of Willow and Nees avenues

Faith Community Church of the Nazarene (Clovis) — 1835 Herndon Ave. at Fowler Avenue

First Baptist Church — 2080 Tollhouse Road

Girls Softball (Clovis) — 695 W. Herndon Ave. at Willow Avenue

I Can Jr. Triathlon Club — 1959 N. Willow Ave.

Junior Soccer League of Clovis — 1810 Herndon Ave. at Fowler Avenue

Knights of Columbus — 2774 Willow Ave. at Gettysburg Avenue

Men’s Senior Baseball (Clovis) — 195 W. Shaw Ave. at Villa Avenue

PCG Youth Ministries — 350 N. Villa Ave. at Herndon Avenue

Sonrise Baptist Church — 3105 Locan Ave. at Ashlan Avenue

Clovis Tabernacle — 1355 Shaw Ave. at Sunnyside Avenue

Valley Youth Sports — 634 Shaw Ave. at Clovis Avenue

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3225 in Clovis — 299 Clovis Ave. at 3rd Street

Y’s Men Club of Clovis — Southeast corner of Fowler and Herndon avenues