Be safe and enjoy our Fireworks Spectacular
November 3, our community fireworks evening is set to light up Whanga¯ rei skies. From 6pm gates will open at the Northland Events Centre, and for a small price ($5 per child, $10 per adult, $25 for a family of 4) we can all enjoy live music, a bite to eat and a fantastic night out.
Why am I promoting the annual Fireworks Spectacular? It’s not just because the Whanga¯ rei Lions Club do such a great job of organising and running it, or that all proceeds will go to Northland charities – it’s because I’ve always loved fireworks night and I want the evening to stay happy, safe and fun for all.
I grew up in Putaruru, in rural South Waikato. It was (and still is) a small town and Guy Fawkes (as we called it back then) was a night to remember. I remember we had Catherine Wheels on the washing line and we drew our names with sparklers in the dark, but I also remember that everything was done responsibly. My dad kept hold of the matches to make sure we didn’t do anything silly and we were always under adult supervision when fireworks were around.
These days, there are limited opportunities to buy fireworks due to a heightened awareness of the fire risk involved and the noise nuisance to neighbours, pets and livestock. The traditional backyard fireworks evening has given way to community firework events, which are beautifully run and more affordable than organising a family fireworks evening. The event at the Northland Events Centre attracts a large crowd every year, with a holiday vibe and delicious food available on site. The huge amount of fireworks set off at the Fireworks Spectacular more than makes up for the stricter regulations on home fireworks, and the payoff is that our community gets to come together for another familyfriendly night out. It’s a win-win situation: a cheaper, safer, bigger fireworks evening, making fantastic memories for your kids without any of the risks or hassle.
With the way technology is evolving, who knows what the future might bring: LED fireworks? Silent fireworks? We can only guess, but for now I urge you all to join our community fireworks event at the Northland Events Centre on Saturday, 3 November. Bring your family and friends, a picnic rug and some blankets and settle in to enjoy a safer, easier evening of fun and excitement.