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Mission Bay fireworks show to return on Sunday evening

On Mission Bay, a barge in front of Paradise Point Resort fired off fireworks in this July 3, 2007, file photo.
(Sean M. Haffey/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fundraising efforts made it possible to bring fireworks back for the first time in a decade

After a decade-long hiatus, fireworks will once again light the night sky over Mission Bay this weekend.

As a result of overwhelming community support, Mission Bay Yacht Club, in partnership with the surrounding Mission Bay resorts, is bringing back the traditional waterfront firework show, taking place at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3.

For nearly 30 years, the community gathered on boats and nearby beaches to watch the fireworks, set off from a barge on the water at the center of Sail Bay.

“It’s a time-honored family tradition that community members come to the bay to watch the fireworks with their family and friends,” said Kathy Dryden, the club’s rear commodore.

The show went dark in 2012 when costs became too much for the club. However, this year, the club — with Dryden at the helm — worked to revive it.

With a goal of $60,000, the club contributed $20,000 and worked to raise the remaining funds to bring the show back.

With just a couple of weeks before the deadline, hundreds of donations flowed in from community members, as well as the hotels and businesses around the bay.

“We are all incredibly grateful for the way the Mission Bay community has rallied together to make this happen, and we were shocked to see how quickly the numbers were going up,” added George Allen, area director of sales and marketing at Noble House Hotels & Resorts.

A GoFundMe drive raised about $47,500, more than enough to allow the club to make the show even bigger than anticipated, Dryden said.

“We are so thrilled with all of the contributions ... and so excited to have the Fourth of July fireworks back,” Dryden added.


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