Now that the Fourth of July is over, at least one town councilman is already looking at the next Fourth of July.
Time is short. Matthew Lehman has only a year to figure out what the holiday should look like.
At Wednesdayâ€™s Town Council meeting, Lehman floated the idea of moving the center of attention to the Village rather than Crowley Lake.
He said he knows heâ€™ll hear gasps all over town.
â€śMy primary goal is to help the business community,â€ť he said.
â€śInstead of being one of the worst nights of the year in Mammoth, Iâ€™d like it to be one of the best.â€ť
Lehman said the jam-packed crowd at the Village impressed him July 3 this year. At the Village, the afternoon featured music, Chihuahua races and other activities. At night, the Village put on a fireworks show â€“ nothing at all like the traditional extravaganza at Crowley, but a fireworks show nevertheless.
Under Lehmanâ€™s scheme, the Village fireworks show would be much longer than the Village fireworks shows in the past.
â€śMy idea is to close Canyon and Minaret Boulevards and pack the town rather than to see it empty out as people head for Crowley.â€ť
Lehman said in an interview afterward that he was not advocating shutting down the Crowley fireworks, but instead adding the Village as an option.
â€śI would work for a partnership with the Village,â€ť he said.
â€śAs of now, we get no help from the county at the Crowley show, and the revenue we get back is negligible. This year, many people didnâ€™t even enter the fireworks gate (at $25 a car). A lot of people park on the road outside the gates.â€ť
Lehman said a Village celebration could turn the whole north village area into a kind of giant block party. People could party, watch the fireworks and retire to a local bistro, restaurant or bar, without having to drive anywhere.
â€śIâ€™m not against Crowley,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™ve been here my whole life and loved the fireworks there. I still do.
â€śIâ€™m just looking at other options.â€ť