The Eagle Valley News asked for your opinion on council’s decision to continue holding Sicamous’ fireworks display on the August long weekend instead of Canada Day. This turned out to be one of the most read and responded to posts we’ve had yet.
Following are some of the responses we received:
I think it’s quite unrealistic. Wasn’t the fireworks on Canada Day our way of celebrating our country becoming its own nation?
I can see if the beach is flooded on Canada Day, then it makes sense to move it to August long. But just moving the fireworks for the sake of moving is lame.
What about all of the people that come from out of town to celebrate with us? How do you think they would feel if they showed up to see the fireworks and there were none?
The fireworks should remain on Canada Day if the beach isn’t flooded. – Shauna Radzke
I strongly disagree with this decision! We were planning on spending Canada day in Sicamous, but I guess we will go elsewhere now that there is nothing exciting going on. Good job council! (Not). – Alicia Held
Well guess that ruins my vacation plans! Thanks for that Sicamous, will be spending that weekend in Calgary instead. – Julia Goodridge
This will be another mark against Sicamous when people come out on Canada Day to watch the best fireworks around and there is none! This has become a Sicamous tradition – why change it? – Vicky Klassen
I don’t think this is a good decision. I can understand last year because of the flooding, but so many people come from out of town to Sicamous just for the fireworks. – Jackie Lee
The Canada Day celebrations have always been completed with the annual fireworks. I think people will be spending Canada Day elsewhere if that’s what the district wants to do. – Eevanne Sjodin
What happened to patriotism? Canada (Day) is a day to celebrate and the Sicamous fireworks are a tradition with my family. I would love fireworks in August, as Sicamous puts on a great show, but not at the expense of Canada Day. I think council forgot their role in honouring Sicamous and our country. – Anita Shearer
Canada Day fireworks are a tradition that many people have come to enjoy in this tourist destination.It is not a good idea to change them to an unfamiliar time. If there is a desire to build up another weekend, it definitely should NOT be at the expense of lessening Canada Day. It’s a bad decision. – Neil Millar
Um, aren’t the Canada Day fireworks on Canada Day for a reason? Lol. I thought this was a joke when I first read it. Can’t they move the location of the fireworks, rather than the day itself? That’s like moving Christmas day to Easter just so nobody has to travel in the snow. Seriously? – Chelsey Alain
We did receive one reply supporting council’s decision:
I think it will be a tough adjustment for people, but a bit later in the season makes sense when it gets darker a bit earlier. The district should go the extra mile communicating this for the first few years. – Deb Heap