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Fireworks to light up downtown Fairbanks Saturday

From 8:00 to 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, December 19th, fireworks will light up the skies of...
From 8:00 to 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, December 19th, fireworks will light up the skies of downtown Fairbanks to commemorate the winter solstice.(Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Published: Dec. 17, 2020 at 4:14 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - From 8:00 to 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, December 19th, fireworks will light up the skies of downtown Fairbanks to commemorate the winter solstice.

The event, put on by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and the Downtown Association of Fairbanks (DAF), is the 10th such event put on in the last 12 years, according to DAF Executive Director David van den Berg.

Van den Berg said this year the event will be moved to Shoreway Park, in front of Immaculate Conception Church, from its traditional location upriver at Griffin Park.

“It’s right in the downtown core, and it’s going to be visible from the Barnette Street Bridge, the Cushman Street Bridge, the William Ransom Wood Memorial Footbridge... really any place downtown along the riverfront is going to be really good viewing all the way down First Avenue,” he explained.

Van den Berg said there is a lot of available parking downtown. “We can try to get 2020 on its way. It’s been quite a year, and also we’re very excited that we’re having this fireworks show again downtown because it’s in the heart of our community and it helps local businesses for anybody who’s coming downtown.”

While he explained that it’s hard to tell exactly how many people attend this event, he estimates that 500 to 1,000 people can be seen in the viewing area. “Our promotions are taking into account that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, but we think that outdoor activity is inherently safer than indoor activity. We’re encouraging people to cover their face,” van den Berg said.

He added that visiting groups are being encouraged to keep distance from each other. “There’s plenty of room to spread out downtown.”

According to van den Berg, the promotion is also encouraging attendees to stay off the river ice.

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