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Craftsman Collision Canada Day Fireworks

Craftsman Aiming for Bigger Smiles at Okanagan Canada Day Fireworks

A company that promises bigger smiles for drivers will be spreading the cheer to visitors at a major Okanagan event – Canada Day firworks.

For the third straight year, BC’s largest collision repair chain – with the slogan ‘AirMiles and Bigger Smiles’ – is delighted to announce that it will be title sponsor of the Craftsman Collision 2018 Canada Day Fireworks.

As in past years, the display will be the spectacular grand finale of July 1 Canada Day celebrations, and held at Okanagan Lake’s Kin Beach in Vernon. “We love getting involved in local communities,” says Craftsman Collision Chief Executive Officer Rick Hatswell. “As an all-Canadian company born and raised in BC, and with a particularly large presence in the Okanagan, we are especially delighted to be sponsoring a major event that celebrates Canada Day.”

“With our famously high level of service and customer support, our goal has always been to brighten our customers’ days,” says Jolene Grigg, Manager of Craftsman Collision’s Vernon shop. “So why not brighten the night a little as well?”

Best places to view the fireworks at Kin Beach

For spectators, the best vantage points will be Kin Beach or Paddlewheel Park – or from roadside points along Bella Vista, Commonage or Bench Roads. Those watching from Kin Beach will hear the music portion of the presentation directly from nearby loudspeakers. Spectators in other areas can tune into a live FM simulcast on 107.5 Beach Radio, but are advised against using an Internet feed because of the Internet’s inherent time lag.

The Craftsman Collision 2018 Canada Day Fireworks will begin rain or shine at 10:30 p.m. from four barges anchored off Kin Beach – except in the event of unsafe wind conditions, in which case it will be moved back to 11:00 p.m. If the presentation is still considered unsafe at 11:00, it will be attempted again the next evening.

Please clean up after yourself

The committee asks spectators to keep the public spaces clean by using all available garbage bins and/or by packing out any garbage, bottles, drinking glasses or other materials. Bringing a plastic bag or two can help store and remove any extra trash.

Pets and alcohol are not allowed on any of the public beaches. RCMP along with Vernon Search and Rescue will be present to enforce safe distances on the water, and volunteers will pitch in with clean-up duties the evening of the event and following morning for any litter that does get left behind.

Thank you to all the volunteers

The volunteers organizing the event, the North Okanagan Canada Day Committee, thank Craftsman Collision, and acknowledge additional funding support from the Government of Canada as well as the City of Vernon. They offer special thanks to Dave at Anchors Aweigh Barge and Marine Services for his inkind donation of barges for the show, to Vernon Volkswagen for its ongoing support, and to Inner Space Watersports for contributing a group of divers to remove any submerged debris around the firing site.

The committee also thanks the residents of Okanagan Lake and surrounding area for their tremendous support and shoreline cleanup of last year’s event. Anyone wishing to help with thet clean up process this year is asked to email, or to call 250.549.0076.

Sponsors for the Craftsman Collision 2018 Canada Day Fireworks:

Title Sponsor: Craftsman Collision

Supporting sponsors:
Government of Canada (via Heritage Canada)
City of Vernon
Vernon Volkswagen

In-kind donations:

Anchors Aweigh Marine Services
Waste Connections Vernon
Innerspace Watersports Inc.
Big Steel Box

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