ILWACO — The show will go on.

Ilwaco City Council decided in a Dec. 3 special meeting that the city will host its annual Independence Day fireworks display in 2019.

At its Nov. 26 meeting, the council was scheduled to make a decision on whether to approve a $16,500 fireworks contract. After discussing the contract, members ultimately decided to delay making a decision, as councilors wanted input on whether the fireworks are valued by the community and the Ilwaco Merchants Association.

The contract gives Western Display Fireworks the first right of refusal for 2019 through 2021. Western is the same vendor the city has used for about 15 years.

The cost of the fireworks has been budgeted at $12,500 for the 2019 display. The Port of Ilwaco pledged $2,500. The Ilwaco Merchants Association pledged $2,000.

The city’s funding would come primarily from the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, which would contribute $10,000. An additional $2,500 would be transferred from the tourism fund to the general fund to cover any additional costs.

The fireworks company requested a decision from the council by Dec. 28.


Ilwaco City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of the month. The council’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, in the community room, attached to the Ilwaco Timberland Regional Library branch.

Meetings are open to the public.

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Alyssa Evans is a staff writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact her at 360-642-8181 or

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