As of Friday, July 14, 2017
DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL
Another Sunnyside Independence Day is now on the books, and all that remains is to congratulate those who work all year to made the day fun for the community they serve.
We’re speaking, of course, of the Sunnyside Lions Club, a hardworking group of 15 to 20 members, who collect funds from the community, hire professional pyrotechnic teams and invite the community to share in lighting the skies over the town.
Tuesday night’s show was 41-minutes long, we know because we clocked it.
But even before the fireworks began, the club members were at the Clem Senn Football Stadium decorating, helping to set up game and vendor booths.
Each year, committed groups, also lend their support to the celebration, groups like the Kiwanis Club, the Girl Scouts, the Lower Valley Honor Guard, the AmVets and Mayor Jim Restucci and, so many others work to make the evening fun.
We also congratulate the City of Sunnyside, Sunnyside Community Hospital and area businesses, like Wheeler’s Smoke and Gas, Blue Sky Market, Bob’s Drive-in, Yakima Valley Grand Cinema and, of course, Alpha Pyrotechnics for their part in making the event a success.
There are many people to thank for this year’s successful celebration, which has maintained its old-fashioned theme over the years.
For the people who think the club isn’t doing enough to make the Independence Day fun for them — here is our last word on that: if you want more or have ideas that would help make Independence Day even better, feel free to call the Lions and offer to help.
The original organizers wanted to include eating contests, politician’s speeches, sack races, live music, a military salute and games that didn’t require anything, but a sense of fun.
We believe the club has achieved that goal again this year.