Park will be emptied at 6 p.m. Saturday for Wenatchee fireworks show


It will far from a normal Fourth of July at Wenatchee’s Walla Walla Point Park on Saturday.

There still will be a fireworks show but you won’t be able to get a front-row seat.

Because of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the park be closed at 6 p.m. on what is normally its busiest night of the year.

Chelan County PUD security and Wenatchee police officers will close the park, parking lot and a section of the Apple Capital Loop Trail, said Capt. Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department.

There will be a detour around the park for trail users.

The fireworks show will begin shortly after 10 p.m. with a different, more distance-friendly look, Reinfeld said.

Fireworks “will be shot way up, so vantage points all throughout the valley should be able to see more of the show than they have over the last several years,” Reinfeld said.

Usually, there are a lot of fireworks closer to the ground to make for better viewing from the park, he said.

Some years, there are more than 15,000 people in the park on the Fourth of July, Reinfeld said.

The real social-distancing problem would arise, he said, when people are packed together leaving the park.

NCWLIFE will be broadcasting the fireworks show with host Dan Kuntz.