Hollister forth of July fireworks display
Display location: HOLLISTER
Date:56th Fourth of July
Details: HOLLISTER — City officials recognized on Thursday the people and organizations that made the 56th Fourth of July fireworks display possible.
“This is truly and wholeheartedly a community event,” said City Assistant Administrator Vonnie Mathiesen. “It is put on by the community for the community.”
Mathiesen said close to 30 individuals and organizations helped make the event, which is funded by donations, a success.
“The Fourth of July you all provided families with was a great, great display,” Mayor David Tate said to the volunteers.
Volunteers were given certificates of appreciation.
She said when other cities were discussing cutting fireworks displays because of the economy, city officials decided cutting its display wasn’t an option.
“It is a place for our families to go virtually for free,” Mathiesen said.
To pay for the display, the city relies on donations, which they gather through a mail-out, as well as a boot pass the night of the display.
The boot pass, which sends firefighter boots throughout the crowd and lets patrons drop donations in, raised $1,600 this year.
“We are one of the oldest and maybe, the only, hand-lit fireworks shows,” Mathiesen said.