A fire burns on Reservoir Hill in Roseburg in July 2020 as the Fourth of July fireworks show goes off above. The fire was contained shortly after the show concluded.

The Roseburg Hometown 4th of July Fireworks committee announced it has canceled the show for 2021.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning on the group’s Facebook page.

“It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the cancellation of this year’s Fireworks show,” the post read. “With COVID-19 restrictions still in effect, and being unable to secure a COVID-friendly location for launching the show, we have no choice but to cancel.”

Organizer Rob Thomas said the group’s request to use Reservoir Hill — the location for the 2020 show — and the Roseburg Regional Airport were both denied by the City of Roseburg. Last year’s show resulted in a number of small grass fires on the side of Reservoir Hill.

Thomas said the group also looked into potentially hosting the show at Stewart Park or the Douglas County Fairgrounds, but both venues would cause liability and logistic issues and would make it difficult to meet COVID-19 restrictions pertaining to social distancing.

“There’s no sense in us spending the money on a show without being certain that we can pull it off,” Thomas said. “But next year, I’m going to have a Plan A, a Plan B, and a Plan C to make sure we can get it done.”

Instead, the group is encouraging residents to attend other Douglas County celebrations to be put on in Winston, Riddle and Yoncalla. Diamond Lake Resort confirmed Thursday afternoon that it is also planning to have a fireworks show, contingent on approval from the Umpqua National Forest.

The Roseburg Hometown 4th of July Fireworks committee is still raising funds, with a goal of $30,000 in donations, for its 2022 show. As the group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all donations are tax-deductible.

Editor’s note: Rob Thomas is the operations manager for Brooke Communications, which shares common ownership with The News-Review.

React to this story:


Cops and Courts Reporter

Donovan Brink is the cops and courts reporter for The News-Review.

Recommended for you

(2) comments


A dry year. Too risky.



Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.