"Smoke on the Water" moved to July 10

Organizers cite difficulties in fireworks industry


Last updated 6/19/2021 at 2:48pm

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis will return to some normalcy with the Smoke on the Water fireworks display making its return. However, the event will be moved to July 10 due to staffing issues in the fireworks industry.

Calls placed to Rooney Moon Broadcasting, the headline sponsor for the fireworks show, were not returned. But the company posted on its website the fireworks vendor Smoke on the Water has used for more than two decades doesn’t have enough crews to shoot all of its normal shows on Independence Day.

Rooney Moon owner Jeff McNaughton, more commonly known as Duffy Moon, said with sponsorships the show will be $25,000 in fireworks — 25% larger than prior shows.

“We’ve exhausted every option to get a commercial crew that is licensed in New Mexico to our town on July 4,” Moon said on the company website. “Most companies are struggling to get crews this year and while July 10 isn’t ideal, it’s going to be well worth the wait.”

Road closures associated with the show will be Main Street between 21st and Purdue in the days leading up to the event, and 21st Street and Mitchell Street surrounding Greene Acres Park 1:30 p.m.-10 p.m. July 10. Residents are asked to walk to the event if possible to alleviate traffic congestion.


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