DIAMOND BAR - For the first time in 12 years, the city will not be celebrating the Fourth of July.
At least, not publicly.
The City Council canceled its annual Fourth of July Blast because of work being done at venues that had hosted the event in recent years.
"Both Diamond Bar High School and Lorbeer Middle School are currently undergoing construction and therefore unavailable for this year's event," the city said in a recent news release.
Director of Community Services Bob Rose said neither site can accommodate the event, which usually includes live bands, crafts, food, children's activities and a fireworks show.
Rose also evaluated seven other possible sites but said all were deemed "unsuitable for a fireworks show," leading to a decision by the City Council last week to cancel the event.
"Because pyrotechnics are involved, special care needs to be taken to ensure that the event site accommodates safe spectator areas, as well as adequate firework lighting and fallout zones," he said in a written statement.
Last year's blast was held at Lorbeer, and 2011's event was at Diamond Bar High. The first blast was in July 2001 at Sycamore Canyon Park. It moved to the high school in 2006 when its needs outgrew the park.
The city said it plans on bringing back the public Independence Day celebration in 2014 in coordination with other public events marking the city's 25th anniversary. Diamond Bar incorporated as a city in 1989.