With great disappointment, Scripps Mesa Fireworks announces the cancellation of the 2022 4th of July Fireworks Show. This decision comes after the inability to secure the Wangenheim Middle School field as the launch site. Despite the assistance of the Office of the Mayor of San Diego, the Office of City Councilman Chris Cate, San Diego Fire Department, San Diego Unified School District, and San Diego Parks and Recreation, it was determined that the risk of damage to the fields under construction was too severe for the contractor to accept.
Scripps Mesa Fireworks investigated a secondary location near Camino Santa Fe which was proposed by the Office of the Mayor and vetted by San Diego Fire Department. However, the lack of acceptable viewing locations and gathering points forced the decision to cancel the 2022 fireworks show. With a safety requirement of 70 foot radius per every inch of firework shell diameter, there remained no acceptable locations within Mira Mesa or Scripps Ranch to support the show already reduced to a 4” maximum. Previous years over Mira Mesa High School allowed as large as 6” shells during the finale.
This marks the third year that there were no fireworks for 4th of July in the Mira Mesa area after nearly 45 years of celebrations. 2020’s show was cancelled due to concerns during the early days of the pandemic, and 2021 was cancelled when it was determined that improvements made to the roofing materials at Mira Mesa High School could be damaged with firework debris.
Scripps Mesa Fireworks plans to return with a show in 2023, when the construction project at Wangenheim Middle School is expected to be complete.