To take on Red, White and Kaboom was the best decision City Council ever made, according to Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller.
The annual Fourth of July celebration is set for Tuesday, July 3, and while the event’s economic impact hasn’t been surveyed, Miller said it is the best economic boom for the city every year.
“It brings people into the city to spend money,” he said.
But it brings in more than just money to the city, the mayor said. It brings a community together, from house parties throughout the city to church and community viewing parties and packed city parks.
“I remember one year, you couldn’t find a bag of ice … it was just gone,” Miller said.
This year, Red, White and Kaboom activities start at varying times.
• At Marsh Lake, the popular Red, White & Fish is from 5 to 11 p.m. There is a $5 fee, but the event is free to season pass holders.
• At the Fairfield Aquatic Center, the pool is opened from 7 to 11 p.m. for the annual Fireworks Swim event. The pool will be open during the day (noon to 6 p.m.) but will close an hour before the Fireworks Swim. Regular admission prices will be charged, but the event is free to pass holders.
• At both Harbin Park and Village Green Park, food vendors are expected to be set up by 7 p.m. and bands will begin playing at 8 p.m.
Food vendors scheduled to be at Village Green include Donatos, Masonic Lodge, Piggin N Grinnin, S.E.A. Cuisine, Amaizing Grace Kettlercorn, Fabulous Funnel Cakes & More, and Flubs. Food vendors scheduled to be at Harbin include Bone’s Brothers, Food Fellas, Hammann’s Catering, Dapper Doughnut and Kona Ice.
Fireworks at will launch from Harbin Park at 10 p.m.
Because of the thousands of people that attend the events around the city, the city asks patrons to be patient as they exit the parks, said city spokeswoman Jenny Dexter.