BREMERTON — The Bremerton Bridge Blast is returning June 30 with a firework show designed to amaze.
The inaugural blast was July 1, 2017, and this year organizer John Miller said it’s going to be about 15 percent to 20 percent bigger.
“It’s definitely a growing show,” he said. “They’re going to really amaze people; (we have) more dynamic fireworks.”
This year, there will be more than 8,000 “breaks” spread from seven different launch points along the Manette Bridge in Bremerton.
“The unique thing about doing the bridge fireworks is you can spread it over large distances,” Miller said. “The bridge offers a better platform than anything else. There’s nothing better than that.”
In the first show, one of the biggest draws was the unique waterfall fireworks. That, Miller said, will be a part of the show again.
During the day over 40 vendors will be on site for shopping, kids activities and education from noon until 10:15 p.m.
New this year, however, is an air show featuring acrobatic pilots Vicky Benzing and Jim Bourke, as well as shows from a formation flying group, the Cascade Warbirds and a Coast Guard demonstration.
There will also be live music at the Bremerton Marina, which, Miller said, will have the best views of both the air show and the fireworks show. The air show is scheduled to start around 8 p.m.; the fireworks will start around 10 p.m.
The entertainment lineup includes Jack Parker, acoustic guitar sensation, who plays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Doo Wop and the Shoo Be Doo’s will entertain with hits from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and Soul Siren will rock the stage with top dance hits from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and 8:45 to 10:15 p.m.
It’s only the second year of the show, so Miller is looking for more sponsorship next year, in order for this to continue to be a staple in the community in the future.
Bridge traffic will be closed from 8 a.m. June 30 to 2 a.m. July 1 for the show. Foot traffic will be able to cross the bridge until 9 p.m. June 30. After the show is complete, the bridge will reopen to foot traffic. Marine traffic will not be allowed under the bridge after 9 p.m., and there will be cordoned off areas during the air show, Miller said.