FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Charred remnants of the single largest wildfire in state history can be found along Highway 168 heading to Shaver Lake.
But through the blackened trees are signs of strength and a community rising above tragedy.
Shaver Lake Visitors Bureau President, Kyle Lee says, "We needed to have this to show the local community that we're still here and resilient, and we're still trying to be who Shaver is and make sure the event we all cherish are still able to go off. "
This year's Celebration of Independence on Shaver Lake will happen on July 3 at dusk. But the approval process through agencies including Southern California Edison and the state wasn't an easy one.
"It's not something we weren't expecting with COVID being a reality. Still, we knew there were going to be challenges we had to face," Lee said.
Still in the process of finalizing all of the plans and signing contracts, the hope is to bring back the tradition from year's past.
Lee says, "We will be attempting to having the boat parade as well as a fundraiser."
Fundraising efforts will benefit the Shaver Lake Visitors Bureau, Rebuild Our Sierra as well as Pine Ridge Elementary. But the local economy will see a boost after a turbulent two years plagued by the pandemic and devastating Creek Fire.
"This event draws thousands to tens of thousands to people to our area, so everyone from the gas station to the AirBnB's and hotels, the restaurants," Lee said. "Everyone is going to get the chance to have good visitors coming and having our local economy out."
The event is even getting the support of the Fresno County Department of Public Health. In a letter from Interim Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra, he says that's the case as long as the event follows state guidelines when it comes to COVID 19.
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