LAUGHLIN — The fireworks at the Avi on Sunday night were a highlight for many this Labor Day weekend.
The Avi Resort and Casino in conjunction with the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe hosted a 20-minute display over the Colorado River. Zambelli Internationale Fireworks were responsible for creating the pyrotechnics.
“I think it’s super,” JoAnn Meyer, of Fort Mohave, said of the annual fireworks show. “They do a great job.”
Sharon Nowaczyk, also of Fort Mohave, said her crew drove to Laughlin to enjoy brunch at the Avi, staying for the fireworks to top off their holiday.
The show started at 9 p.m. but prior to the pyrotechnics, the crowd listened to music from KFLG and munched on snacks and beverages from the vendors.
During the show, each burst was choreographed to hit in time with the music. The crowd cheered when a literal “purple rain” of bursts showered over the river while the chorus to Prince’s hit song rang out in the background.
Chira Walema, of Kingman, had not been to the Labor Day display before, but had seen the Avi’s pomp during other holidays, prompting her to bring her kids to watch Sunday’s show.
“Hanging out with the family” was Walema’s plans for the whole weekend, which started with her son’s football games on Saturday, the fireworks Sunday, and ending Monday with a BBQ.
Family, fireworks, and cookouts, were the typical activities for locals.
Karen Kennedy, of Topock, , said it was “a blessing” having her daughter along to share her first time watching the Avi fireworks. She also had a BBQ on Monday to complete her holiday weekend.
With the heat still peaking above 100 degrees, it was no surprise water activities were in the plans for many as well.
Jasalyn Lopez, 8, of Huntington Beach, Calif., said Sunday night that her favorite part of the holiday so far was the slide and wave pool at the Aquatic Center in Lake Havasu City.
Dewey Parker, of Bullhead City, said he frequently came to the holiday firework shows at the Avi, while swimming and cracking a brew at the river would round out his Labor Day plans.
The banks of the Colorado River were indeed lined with the usual tents and beach towels Monday as holiday-goers brought out their boats and jet skis to finish off the long weekend.