Fireworks have returned to Chula Vista for the first time in eight years after the city-sponsored Fourth of July festival ended in 2008 when it was eliminated during massive budget cuts.
“We’re so happy to be doing this in Chula Vista again,” said Mayor Mary Salas, who fought to bring the celebration back.
Pyro Spectacular set up the fireworks for the 20-minute show at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center Monday.
“It’s been a long time," said Manny Trujillo, who staked out a picnic area at Mountain Hawk Park at 5 a.m.. "I’m glad they brought it back to Chula Vista. It is definitely better to be at home. It’s where you’re from.
It’s where you grew up. There’s no place you’d rather be.”
Said Mayor Salas, “This is truly a community event.” The mayor helped arranged corporate sponsorships to offset the costs to the city.
Chula Vista Police were out in force Monday. Officers and city crews even coned off parts of several roads to provide safe, free parking to watch the fireworks Monday night.