Consistent with the City Council direction provided during its May 6, 2020 special meeting, on May 26th the City of Temecula Community Services Department notified vendors the July 4 fireworks display was being cancelled to avoid unrecoverable costs to the City and based upon the opinion of City Attorney Peter Thorson. In a letter to City Manager Aaron Adams dated May 27, 2020 Thorson detailed how the City Council’s approval of the July 4th Fireworks show was predicated on two factors: 1) the Governor’s Executive Orders, State Public Health Officer’s and Riverside County Public Health Officer’s orders would not prohibit the event; and 2) the vendors for the July 4th event would consent to a late cancellation without fees or costs to the City in the event the City could not hold the event. Thorson explained that although recently revised, current State orders still prohibit mass gatherings. He went on to state that “Beginning today [May 27, 2020], the vendors for the fireworks show will incur costs for their respective work for the fireworks show. While cooperating in good faith with the City, the vendors are not willing to consent to a late cancellation and waiver of these costs.”
Garden State Fireworks, the City’s fireworks vendor, is working cooperatively with the City and will apply the City’s deposit for the July 4th fireworks display to a future fireworks show, date to be determined.
Attachments: Letter dated May 27, 2020 from Richards Watson Gershon re: July 4th Fireworks Show - PAGE 1, PAGE 2