The Kodiak sky won’t light up with bright lights and loud crackles on the Fourth of July this year.

During her report at the end of the city council regular meeting Thursday evening, Kodiak city manager Aimée Kniaziowski announced there will be no fireworks for the holiday.

The pair who normally do it, Mark and Diana Holt, have been the state licensed pyrotechnicians for the firework show for the past 22 years. They can no longer do it.

“It’s just too expensive and time-consuming,” Kniaziowski said. “It’s really hard for him to have the opportunity. Sometimes he’s caught himself not going to work so he can make the commitment. It’s days of set-up and all that.”

Kniaziowski doesn’t plan on finding any replacement pyrotechnicians because there isn’t enough time.

“There’s no other local licensed individual in town that we know of, so I just wanted the community to be aware of that,” she said. “It’s really too bad, but they’ve done a great job over the years.”

It was also announced at the meeting during council comments that rides will be cut short at the Kodiak Crab Festival.

The festival runs May 26 through 30. The last day of the festival will not have rides, as they will be packed up to make the ferry.

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce plans to put together some events to replace the rides.

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