Families will return to athletics at Crescenta Valley High School when Fourth of July celebrations return this Independence Day.
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Eyes will look up after a day of fun planned by the CV Fireworks Association at CV High School.

Mary O’Keefe

Crescent Valley, July The fireworks show returns, returns to CV High School Athletics and opens to the public.

The CV fireworks show has been a local tradition for over three decades, started by the CV Chamber of Commerce, but for the last 15 years the event has been hosted by the Crescenta Valley Fireworks Association.

Around 2006, the Chamber could no longer sponsor the event. The fireworks were supposed to end in the Crescent Valley; however, a group of residents, including those from Glendale, met at a local restaurant and decided they wanted to continue with the annual show. They started calling everyone they knew and were able to get funding for the original show. Thus was born the Crescenta Valley Fireworks Association.

In 2020, the show was canceled due to the pandemic; in 2021, the fireworks show has been adjusted to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions. The CVHS field was not open to the public, but the pyro crew was able to fire the fireworks very high into the sky, allowing people to see it from their homes and by parking on nearby streets.

This year, CVHS Athletics will welcome spectators again. There will be food trucks, inflatable toys for children and music.

“It’s in the summary [high school] — as always,” said Steve Pierce, member of CV Fireworks Assn.

The fireworks show in its current form was created by La Cañada Flintridge resident Chuck Hughes, who built the fireworks launch system and designed the show, Robert “Hutch” Hutchins said in a previous CVW interview. Hutchins is a pyrotechnician who has led the CV fireworks show since 2000.[Hughes] asked me to step in,” Hutch said of his involvement with the show after the former technician was unable to continue running the show.

Hutch has a volunteer staff of 30 to 50 people.

“Normally at a show like this you would have a few days to prepare, but with a big team we will show up on the fourth. [of July]” Hutchins said.

The Glendale Unified School District has some rules that must be followed while participating in athletics. These include a ban on eating on the pitch and the use of chairs with support legs on the pitch. You can use sun loungers or beach chairs with rounded legs.

A security company will work at the event, and bags will be checked at the entrance of people. Coolers containing only water are allowed; alcohol and other drinks other than water are prohibited on the field.

Food trucks will be parked along Ramsdell Avenue. The seating area at the food court will be located in the parking lot next to the field, accessible from Ramsdell Avenue.

School Parking is a fundraiser for the CVHS Prom Plus Club with a $5 parking fee. Funds will go to Prom Plus and Prom Plus Club. For information about Prom Plus, please visit

Advance sale of fireworks tickets is on sale now; pre-sale tickets for adults cost $9 per ticket; children 7 years and under are free. Presale tickets can be purchased from J’s Maintenance, 3550 Foothill Blvd., Bob Smith Toyota, 3333 Foothill Blvd., CV Insurance, 3156 Foothill Blvd., CV Chamber office, 3131 Foothill Blvd. “D” and CV Weekly offices, 3800 La Crescenta Ave., Ste. 206.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event for $10 per ticket; There is no charge for children under 7 years of age.

“Good deal,” Pierce said.

While most prices are rising, CV Fireworks Assn. wanted tickets for this family event to be affordable.

The Mary Dyer Band will perform from 18:00 to 20:45. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 21:00.

The gates open at 16:00. The entrance is at the CVHS Athletics Stadium on the 4300 block of Ramsdell Avenue. Paid parking is located on the southeast corner of Ramsdell and Community Avenues.

CV Fireworks Association is a non-profit organization that pays for the event through fundraising. Those wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting his website at or with the donation envelope included in this week’s CV Weekly.

This is a big event that requires a lot of volunteers. The CV Fireworks Association is looking for volunteers to help with installation and dismantling by July 4th. Anyone who can and would like to volunteer can contact Steve Pierce at (818) 259-5195.

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