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Here’s what to expect for Canyon Lake’s fireworks show

Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

The countdown to the Independence Day has begun. The Fourth of July is one of Canyon Lake’s busiest holidays, with the population soaring by the thousands as families and guests enter the gates to join the community’s biggest party of the year.

Backyard pool parties, boating, floating in the lake, barbecues, and family gatherings are just some of the ways Canyon Lakers will celebrate this day of independence and freedom. With freedom comes responsibility, so residents are asked to be aware of the guidelines provided by the POA regarding this busy holiday weekend.

Canyon Lake’s July 4 Fireworks Show is set to begin at 9 p.m. Spectators can tune into 99.9 FM to hear music synchronized to the show. DJ Mike Shroyer will be playing music from the lodge pool deck starting at 8 p.m. The national anthem will be performed a few minutes before the start of the show. Fireworks are launched from Skipper’s Island at 9 p.m. The best viewing locations are Happy Camp (sites reserved during the lottery), Holiday Harbor Park, Sunset Beach, main causeway, and on the lake. Road closures will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Enforcement: Due to the expected large crowds, the POA requested additional law enforcement and community patrol staff. All POA citation fees will be doubled from Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7.

Guests: Prime members are responsible for the actions of their guests, including any citations. Prime members are responsible for knowing the POA Rules and Regulations and are asked to be respectful of those in authority who are trying to enforce the rules for the safety of everyone.

Gate Access: Service providers are not permitted into the community on July 4. Examples of service providers include contractors, delivery drivers such as DoorDash or pizza delivery, furniture deliveries, HVAC services, home cleaning services, landscapers and pool services, plumbing services, and ride-share apps such as Uber or Lyft. This restriction does not apply to in-home health care services. For service providers needing access to the community, residents will need to add them as a temporary guest for the day.

Guest ePasses: Those inviting guests into the community are encouraged to utilize the ePass service. Members can log into their dwellingLIVE account online or through the mobile app and email their guests a pass. Guests can print the pass ahead of time, or the gate attendant can scan the pass on their smartphone. For guests who did not print the pass, the gate attendant will issue a parking pass that the guest must display on their dashboard during their visit.

Parks and Beaches: All parks and beaches will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Access is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, as reservations will not be available. Community Patrol will be actively enforcing park hours. Entry or leaving personal property before 6 a.m. is not allowed. Any property left before 6 a.m. will be removed by the POA and can be retrieved at Community Patrol during normal business hours. Any property not claimed within 30 days will be considered abandoned and disposed of.

Pool: The pool will close promptly at 7 p.m. for the fireworks show, no one will be allowed in the pool deck area. Sunset Beach and the walkway around the pool will be open for viewing the fireworks show.

Happy Camp Access: At 2 p.m., Longhorn Drive will close at Strawberry Lane to Happy Camp. Only residents who live on Longhorn Drive past Strawberry Lane, guests at Happy Camp, and emergency vehicles will be permitted to pass. Guests should be prepared to show their guest passes with their host’s address, or camping pass if they are staying at Happy Camp. All vehicle and pedestrian traffic to Happy Camp will be stopped at 8:30 p.m.

Lodge Access: After 4 p.m., Canyon Club Drive (after the Lighthouse Drive intersection down to the lodge) will be closed to vehicle/golf cart traffic, allowing only pedestrian traffic. The lodge parking lot is expected to be full by 4 p.m. To minimize congestion, Community Patrol staff will be managing the entry, allowing one vehicle to enter as another vehicle exits. All vehicles, including golf carts, must be parked in designated parking spots. Parking violations will result in fines, which are doubled during holiday weekends.

Skipper’s Island: Skipper’s Island and its dock will be closed from Friday, June 30, through Wednesday, July 5.

Gas Dock: The gas dock at Happy Camp will have intermittent closures throughout the day and will close for the night at 4 p.m.

Boating: Riders may not be towed from any vessel on the main lake after 12 p.m. Boaters ages 50 and younger are reminded they must have a California Boater’s Card.

Boating During Fireworks Show: During the Fireworks Show, boats must maintain a safe distance from Skipper’s Island. Boaters should pay attention to the temporary red and white buoys with lights around Skipper’s Island. City Code Enforcement, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and Marine Patrol will hold boats 350 feet from the island. The fireworks show will not begin unless all boats are within a safe distance from the island and the fire chief announces, “All clear.”  

Unregistered Boats: Unregistered boats are not permitted on the lake. Marine Patrol will be verifying boats for current registration at all launch ramps throughout the weekend. Unregistered boats are subject to a $500 citation. Residents who need to have a safety inspection completed on their boats to register them should call Marine Patrol at 951-244-1986, ext. 415 to schedule an appointment.

Road Closures 30 Minutes Before the Fireworks Show (8:30 p.m.):

  • Lighthouse Drive at Vacation Drive to the lodge
  • Canyon Club Drive at Canyon Lake Drive North
  • Main causeway from Village Way Drive to Vacation Drive
  • Blue Teal Drive will close once the causeway is closed
  • No parking on the main, north, or Longhorn causeways

Exiting After the Fireworks Show:

  • Pedestrian traffic will be given priority along Canyon Club Drive and the main causeway in the first 30 minutes after the show.
  • Village Way Drive – Vehicles (including golf carts) exiting Village Way Drive after the fireworks show will only be able to turn right onto Canyon Lake Drive South.
  • Exiting the Lodge – Vehicles (including golf carts) will be required to exit onto Lighthouse Drive. From Lighthouse Drive, vehicles may turn left or right onto Vacation Drive.
  • Vacation Drive Stop Sign – At the stop sign corner of Vacation Drive and Canyon Lake Drive North, vehicles exiting the show will only be able to make a left turn onto Canyon Lake Drive towards the East Gate.

Illegal Fireworks: There will be zero tolerance for illegal fireworks, including sparklers. Anyone found using illegal fireworks is subject to a $1,000 fine and up to fines of $5,000.

POA Office: The POA offices will be closed on July 4. Regular hours will resume on July 5.

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