La Mesa / Lake Murray fireworks on Fourth 2022

La Mesans and nearby locals declared independence from having to travel to distant Fourth of July celebrations Monday. And no fighting Big Bay Boom traffic either.

The all-day music fest returned to Lake Murray along with the fireworks shot over the San Diego reservoir, having been halted in the pandemic years 2020 and 2021.

The kid-friendly festival was at Lake Murray Community Park in San Carlos, but the sky show attracted adjoining communities from La Mesa to Del Cerro.

“This event has been sorely missed by our community and the hype of its return is swelling,” said its Facebook page, which thanked several dozen sponsors (and hailed volunteers).

The event was rescued in 2017 after several years hiatus with the formation of the Lake Murray Fireworks and Events 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

Melissa DeMarco, this year’s president of the group, called the day — which raised about $100,000 from community donations and small businesses — a “huge success.”

Also listed as board members are Tracy Dahlkamp, Brandy Kern, Robert Hotz, Danielle Lourey, Jay Wilson, Gil Koury, Samantha Cerney, Daniel Fitzgerald, Owen Dahlkamp, David Hollander, Sarah Howard, Robert Weichelt, Kevin Klein, Bryan Pridmore, Heather Albin and Alexis Luck.