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2016 in 3… 2… kaboom!

The year 2015 is going out with a bang, or rather a series of bangs, whistles, cracks, and thundering explosions. Once again, Victory Life Church is sponsoring the annual fireworks display that will help say farewell to the old while ringing in the new.

“We’re really looking forward to the fireworks this year. It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day. We should have our best crowd this year, I think,” said Pastor Scott Debrecen.

“We consider the fireworks a “give back” to the community for their efforts in making this city one of the best cities to live and raise our kids. We love St. Albert and show our appreciation by ‘lighting up the sky’ in thanks to God for placing us here.”

The event is always tempered with a weather-permitting proviso. The forecast for that evening looks good as Environment Canada predicts that Thursday will see a high of 4 degrees C with an overnight low of -8.

The event is free to the public and the first fireworks will launch at 8:30 p.m. from Seven Hills, around Ă©cole Father Jan and the Little White School site. Rob Kowalyshyn of Thunder F/X will put on the show.

“They’re excellent!” Debrecen averred, noting that the early hour was chosen to make it available to the maximum number of families.

In the past, there have been drop-off points for people who wanted to donate to the St. Albert Food Bank. While that has been discontinued this time around, the church is still offering free hot chocolate to the festive revelers.

“There is a hot chocolate giveaway at various points around the fireworks viewing area. We’re all over the place: we’re at the top of the hill, bottom of the hill, over at city hall … we’ll be everywhere,” he continued, adding with a laugh, “The catch on that one is that the hot chocolate is in pouches. They have to take it home and make it themselves!”

There won’t be any road closures either as the city tested leaving all routes open last year and it seemed to work to good effect.

“Last year they left them all open for us and that worked better actually. The year before they closed them and it wasn’t favourable.”

There will be limited on site parking throughout the Perron District including St. Albert Place, the main downtown lot, plus along Perron and St. Anne Streets, the NABI building, and on St. Vital Avenue.

St. Albert Transit will be in operation with all buses free after 6 p.m. The Route 201 commuter bus will continue until 2:10 a.m.

For up-to-date information, follow Victory Life Church on Twitter, on the day of the event: @VLC_StAlbert.

Scott Hayes: Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.