CASA GRANDE -- The city of Casa Grande’s first Fourth of July drive-in, social distancing fireworks show went great, according to city staff.
The city did, however, run into a bit of a glitch with the livestream of the show on Facebook Live.
“The Fourth of July Fireworks show worked great,” said Aaron Walter, the city’s recreation superintendent, via an email Monday afternoon.
He estimated there were about 350 vehicles parked at Ed Hooper Rodeo Park with an average of four to five family members per vehicle for an estimated total of 1,500 to 1,750 people attending the event.
Most people followed directions and parked two to three spaces apart for proper social distancing, Walter said.
“Attendees did a great job staying within their designated area,” he said.
The city also noticed vehicles parked along Rodeo and McCartney roads and Pinal Avenue in order to watch the show and many residents watched from their backyards, he said.
The city did have some issues trying to livestream the event on Facebook, Walter said. The city and Blossom Digital Marketing, which is a division of Kramer Media, tested the Wi-Fi coverage in the area before the event but the connection during the event wasn’t consistent due to heavy usage by attendees, which led to problems with the livestream. The video of the show was uploaded to the city’s Facebook page after the event.