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May 31, 2009

First Friday Fireworks Display Show on the River!

Location of fireworks display: Savannah’s historic River Street
Date:June 5 at 9:30 pm.
Show contact: The Savannah Waterfront Association,912-234-0295
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Details: It’s another great weekend on historic River Street as The Savannah Waterfront Association announces First Saturday on the River presented by Verizon Wireless and Southern Eagle Distributing! Head down to the riverfront and start the weekend off right with a Crack! Boom! Bang as Wet Willies First Friday Fireworks light up the sky Friday night, June 5 at 9:30 pm.Get your chores done early and head back to the river Saturday morning! This pre-summer festival featuring regional Arts & Crafts exhibitors offers a variety of unique and original works as well as DJ’s-to-Go, Savannah Kettle Corn, Repicci’s Italian Ice and more! Be sure to catch a free ride on dottie – Savannah’s very own historic streetcar and part of the DOT transportation system. She’s green and clean and will save your feet from the hot cobblestones as you travel back and forth along River Street with stops all along the way!Savannah Art Association and Companion Animal Aid will be our featured non-profits on site this weekend. You can have your picture taken with a replica of everyone’s favorite VW - Herbie (the love bug)! Cost is $ 5.00 framed, $ 3.00 unframed. All proceeds benefit abused and abandoned animals in our area.You’ll find it all on Savannah’s historic River Street Saturday, June 6, from 9 am until 7 pm. All River Street Festivals are free and open to the public. The Savannah Waterfront Association’s First Saturday is presented by Verizon Wireless and Southern Eagle Distributing and is Sponsored by Wet Willies, Coca-Cola, Wachovia, AGC Gutter Company, The Real Yellow Pages and your friends at Cumulus Broadcasting Savannah! The Savannah Waterfront Association promotes the eclectic vitality of the shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels that create the one-of-a-kind, family-friendly experience found nowhere else in the world than historic River Street. The SWA is a 501 (c)(3) private organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of historic River Street for more than 30 years and has been a integral partner on such projects as First Friday Fireworks, public docks, the hospitality center, streetcar, Maritime History Panel project and other improvements to the waterfront. Through sponsorship, membership and events, the SWA produces and funds improvements, firework shows and the world class River Street festival series at no cost to the public. Please enjoy historic River Street… and Celebrate Responsibly!

North Lake Tahoe fireworks display show finalize budgets

Location of fireworks display: Incline Beach
City:Incline Village :
Date:4th July
Show contact:RWTB Steering Committee
Event website:
Fireworks display company:Pyro Guys

Details:INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With about a month to go before Fourth of July Weekend, plans for fireworks around the lake are being finalized.In Incline, there will be fireworks during the Red, White and Tahoe Blue festival on July 4 at Incline Beach. The RWTB Steering Committee, headed by Bill Horn, recently finalized negotiations with Pyro Guys from Reno on a $35,000 fireworks contract.“We’re pretty pleased with the contract, and it’s a local company, too,” Horn said.In 2007, the event’s first year, the fireworks cost $75,000. In 2008, they cost $115,000 — $89,000 for the fireworks, the rest paying for two barges, with a total square footage of 3,525 square feet — said RWTB committee member Tom Masterson. RWTB contracted with Lantis Fireworks and Lasers in 2008, which has nine offices across the nation, mainly through the Mountain Time Zone.This year, the barge costs about $15,000, and that, coupled with the Pyro Guys contract and additional costs for insurance and security fees puts the entire show at about $65,000.The July 3 show will feature 1,740 total aerial effects, including about 900 various-sized “premium shells,” which consist of “concerts of color and shapes, including chrysanthemums and peonies in a variety of colors, diamonds, bouquets, color changing (and) glittering patterns, according to the agreement with Pyro Guys.“Last year’s show was the same mix of products just twice as much,” Masterson said.In early April, a “desperate written plea” was mailed to Incline/Crystal Bay residents, urging families to donate at least $25 or more to fund the display, the goal being to raise $80,000 to fund the fireworks display for the Fourth of July event.As of Thursday, about $56,000 had been collected via community donations, said RWTB committee member Gerry Eick.Also coming via donation is $20,000 from the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and a $2,500 anonymous pledge, Eick said, putting fundraising for the entire RWTB event this year at about $80,000.“I feel very good about the community’s response. We’ve had close to 600 donors so far,” Eick said. “We can still use donations to support the other activities like the veterans event, parade and kids events.”With fireworks paid for, any surplus of community fundraising will go either toward the entire proceeds raised this year, or for a “rainy day fund,” Horn said, to save funds for a 2010 fireworks show.As has been the case the previous two years, all proceeds from the entire July 2 to 4 Red, White and Tahoe Blue events are split among local charities — this year they are the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline, the Incline Village Rotary Club and the Incline Schools Academic Excellence Foundation.
Tahoe City spending $16K for its showThe Tahoe City Downtown association is again this year sponsoring a Fourth of July fireworks show over Lake Tahoe. The event takes place at dusk on the Fourth and will feature a show put on by Pyro Spectaculars out of Placerville, Calif.Justin Broglio, executive director of the TCDA, said community help is necessary for the event, which raises money for next year’s show. This year’s show costs about $16,000 Broglio said, a step down from the $18,000 spent last year.“This year the Tahoe City Rotary Club and TCDA elected to be conservative and not spend as much as we usually spend in light of the economic situation,” Broglio said. “Even though we’re conservative, we’re still going to have a spectacular show.”Broglio credited event sponsors like the Rotary, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Placer County Office of Emergency Services and U.S. Coast Guard for their support of the event. Businesses interested in sponsoring the event, which starts at $250, can contact Broglio at TCDA sells T-shirts during the day in front of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District’s Tahoe City fire station for $15 or two for $25.
Kings Beach looking to fund $20K showThe North Tahoe Business Association is sponsoring a fireworks show July 3 at the public utility beach in Kings Beach. Cheri Sprenger, executive director of the NTBA, said the organization has a great need for community support to get the $20,000 show off of the ground.“This year we’re more dependent on that support than ever,” Sprenger said. “We depend on business sponsorships and individual donations.”Sprenger said donation and sponsorships forms are available on the NTBA’s website at Business sponsorships start at $250 all the way up to $5,000.

The Grand Rapids Press Fireworks Display Show

Location of fireworks display: Fifth Third Ballpark
City:Grand Rapids
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Details:Fireworks will light up the sky Saturday at Fifth Third Ballpark, following the West Michigan Whitecaps game! On Sunday, kids can run the bases after the game. Have fun.
5. The Intersection, 9 p.m. tonight, featuring local comedy group the Bimini Bros., $12, with The Concussions, at The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, (800) 745-3000,
4. Teen Driving Expo; for teens and parents, including teen-driver and training information, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today in the DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center, 2500 Turner Ave. NW, in Walker; free,
3. "Willy Wonka," 7:30 p.m. tonight, and 2 p.m. Sunday (through June 14) in Grand Rapids Civic Theatre's Meijer Majestic Theatre, 30 N. Division Ave., 222-6650,
2. Harry Fest, 1-8 p.m. today, Bittersweet Ski Resort, 600 River Road, in Otsego, featuring food, auctions and performances by several bands; free,
1. West Michigan Whitecaps, 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday at Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE, in Comstock Park; fireworks tonight, kids day on Sunday; $5-$13, 784-4131,

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May 30, 2009

South’s largest fireworks display in Nashville on Forth of July

Location of fireworks display: Riverfront Park
Date:4th July 9:10 p.m
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Fireworks display company:Pyro Shows

Details:Wynonna Judd will headline the 25th anniversary of the “Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!” celebration in Riverfront Park in Nashville, Saturday, July 4.
Wynonna will perform with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra while the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers will perform the national anthem. “Singing with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra? My favorite. Being in Nashville for the July 4th weekend with my family to celebrate the South’s largest fireworks display? Even better," says Wynonna. "This event is the total package for me and I’m going to sing it like nobody’s business." Downtown festivities for the July 4 spectacular will begin at noon with the free Family Fun Zone, sponsored by Coca-Cola. Pre-show live music will take place at 3 p.m. The official two-hour concert will kick off at 7 p.m. and will conclude with the South's largest fireworks show at approximately 9:10 p.m., arranged by Pyro Shows and choreographed to music by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. All events are free and open to the public.

Fireman's auxiliary another fireworks display on July 4th

Location of fireworks display: Shirland Grade School
Date:4th July
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Details: Shirland's 4th of July celebration will be a bit scaled down this year. There are no games or fireworks because of economic reasons and due to fewer volunteers.
However, the fireman's auxiliary will still have a celebration on Saturday, July 4th at Shirland Grade School. The 5K run and walk starts at 7:00 a.m., with sign-ups starting at 6:00 a.m. Shirland Methodist Church will hold its pancake breakfast from 6 - 9 a.m. The parade starts at 10:00, then lunch is served from 11 - 1 p.m. at the school.
Shirland asks residents to support Durand's afternoon activities, including fireworks which start at dusk.

Blairsville Chamber Seeks Fireworks Sponsorships

Location of fireworks display: Meet Park
City: Blairsville
State: GA
Date: 4th July
Show contact:Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce,706-745-5789
Event website:
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Details:Each year, the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce puts on a stunning Independence Day fireworks show for residents and visitors alike. Spectators look forward in anticipation to the fabulous public event which draws a number of attendees into Blairsville. The display is always especially...

July 3 fireworks display; donations needed

Location of fireworks display:Sunset Park
Date:3th July 9 p.m
Show contact: Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce,684-5479
Event website:
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Details: New regulations set forth by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has caused the Town of Wickenburg and the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce to reschedule their Fourth of July fireworks show and festivities this year to the third of July.The fireworks will start shooting at 9 p.m., and the pre-show activities will get underway at 7 p.m. on the north field at Sunset Park, west of town.
Costs now associated with greater amounts of required liability insurance and the transport and storage of fireworks has led the town to hire a contractor that will not only produce the show, but will transport the fireworks the day of the show, provide licensed pyrotechnicians to shoot the fireworks and will provide all the necessary liability insurance.The town is now required to be the responsible party for purchasing fireworks, whereas the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, with the blessing of the town and the generosity of the community, has been that responsible party for the past 37 years.New regulations say that fireworks need to be purchased by a municipality. However, the chamber will still fund the project with assistance from the community.“We have been cleared by the fire department for this year’s show, and as of this time we have raised $3,000 for the project,” said Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce Director Julie Brooks. “But we need more donations from the community over the next three weeks in order to provide a full fireworks show.”It was agreed by the town and the chamber to hire Fireworks Productions of Tempe to produce this year’s show. The chamber has been working with this company for the past 37 years. The company did not have any pyrotechnicians available on the Fourth of July, so the town agreed to hold the event on Friday, July 3.Had the town not agreed to hire a contractor, the show would have been cost prohibitive, costing upwards of $10,000 due to insurance policies purchased by both the town and the chamber, the cost of fireworks, the cost of transporting and storing the fireworks and the cost of paying and insuring licensed pyrotechnicians to launch the fireworks.Streamlining the project by hiring one production company has given the town and the chamber an opportunity to put on a fireworks show this year.“I am very pleased that all concerned parties have come to an agreement regarding this year’s show, and that we were at least able to reserve the third of July with Fireworks Productions,” Brooks said. “Because of these new rules and the costs associated with them, a number of municipalities in the state, including Glendale, are not hosting fireworks shows this year for their residents.”Brooks said the size of the show will depend on donations received over the next three weeks. She also said the chamber has not yet received a watermelon donation for this year’s pre-fireworks show festivities.For more information on how to donate to this year’s fireworks show, call the chamber at 684-5479.

Labor Day weekend SkyConcert fireworks display show

Location of fireworks display: West Palm Beach city
Date:7th Sept.
Show contact:Emmis Communications/317.266.0100
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Details:INDIANAPOLIS -- May 27, 2009: Emmis Communications won't be holding a Labor Day weekend SkyConcert fireworks show this year, the Indianapolis Star reports, breaking with a 26-year tradition.
Emmis was unable to find co-sponsors for the event to share the costs, though it did not say how much the show costs to produce.
"It's a very expensive event to put on, and we've always made it a free event," Emmis' David Edgar told the paper. "This year, because of the economy, everybody has been having difficulties, and we found it impossible to put together the funding it takes to put on this event."
The Star does point out that Emmis isn't alone, noting that Marsh Supermarkets, RCA, and SBC have also pulled out of Indianapolis events due to economic pressures.

MSU's Blakeslee Stadium Fourth Of July Fireworks To Fizzle Out?

Location of fireworks display: MSU's Blakeslee Stadium
Date:night of July 4
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Details: Summer is coming quickly... and with it, many area festivals.A lot of those festivals include fireworks... but that could soon change...And as News 12's Erick Lind tells us, it isn't just the economy that's to blame.Going to MSU's Blakeslee Stadium to take in the 4th of July fireworks is a tradition for many, but it's a tradition that could burn out.Greater Mankato Growth helped make ends meet for the event the past few years, but business sponsorships have faded, even with good economic times.G-M-G president and CEO Jonathon Zierdt says the reallocation of sponsorship dollars to other activities indicates dedicating dollars to the fireworks is no longer a prevailing priority.Zierdt says, "Certainly today's economy brings a sharper focus into what our priority is today, and makes events like this become even more challenged in these kinds of times."While Mankato, may be going without fireworks, Lake Crystal will be adding them to Duck Days.That's not the only changes the festival will see.The carnival that is normally here on Main Street will be replaced as well.Duck Days co-chair Susan Gangler says, "We did a survey after last year's event. A lot of people said they wouldn't miss the carnival and then if we added fireworks they'd be pretty excited about that."Gangler also says most carnivals need three days, but this year's festival will run just Friday and Saturday.In place of the carnival will be cost free activities put on by local businesses, which could actually bring in even more people.Duck Days co-chair Ann Lange says, "The free events are good for the families that can bring their 2, 3, 4 kids and spend the day together and not have to break the bank to do so."Breaking the bank is what Greater Mankato Growth is hoping to avoid after contributing 46-hundred dollars last year.But if someone new wants to step up and sponsor the fireworks, Zierdt says he would look to help them out.Zierdt adds, "Any solution that could potentially still have the event happen on July 4th, we're going to work with them to help make it happen."If that happens, the bursts may be lighting up the night over MSU once again this Independence Day.In Mankato, Erick Lind, News 12.

A spectacular fireworks display and music to celebrate America's 233rd birthday

Location of fireworks display: West Lawn of the United States Capitol
City: Washington
Date:4th July
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Details: WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- Film and television actor Jimmy Smits has agreed to serve as host of the musical event "A Capitol Fourth" in Washington, Capital Concerts said.
Barry Manilow is to open and close the concert broadcast with a medley of hits and patriotic classics, along with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.
The July 4 celebration on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol is also to feature appearances by Aretha Franklin, Natasha Bedingfield, the cast of "Jersey Boys," Michael Feinstein and Andrew von Oeyen.
Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and more of the "Sesame Street" gang will be on hand as well to celebrate America's 233rd birthday.
The program, which is to culminate in a spectacular fireworks display, is slated to be broadcast live in high definition and commercial free on PBS.
"I am honored to be asked once again to host this year's special party to celebrate our great country's birthday ... and what a 'guest list,'" Smits said in a statement. "The music itself embraces so many genres -- we've got pop, we've got classical and we've got soul. Throw in an anniversary celebration of 'Sesame Street,' topped off with the biggest fireworks display around and we've got quite a show."
Smits is best known for his roles on the classic TV shows "The West Wing," "NYPD Blue" and "L.A. Law."

Support fireworks display show in Fergus Falls

Location of fireworks display: Otter Tail County Fairgrounds
City:Fergus Falls
Date:3th July
Show contact:(218)332-5445
Event website:
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Details:There’s nothing like the Fourth of July. Family comes to town. There are picnics in the park. And a few miles up Highway 59 there’s one heck of a Fourth of July parade in Erhard.All are great Fergus Falls area traditions.So is the annual fireworks display, scheduled for Friday, July 3 at the Otter Tail County Fairgrounds.People come from all around so they can have a good viewing point at dusk when the first fireworks are fired in Fergus Falls.But that longstanding tradition could very well be in jeopardy.Budget cuts and economic challenges being what they are, it has become unrealistic for the city to foot the bill for fireworks. So civic leaders turned to its residents and local businesses to help fund a 20-minute fireworks show.But there has been a problem with that plan in that fundraising has fallen very short.To ensure a fireworks show takes place in Fergus Falls this summer like the one in 2008 a minimum of $15,000 must be raised by Friday, May 29. As of Wednesday morning, just $1,500 was raised.But there is still time to step up and ensure a fireworks show can be held.To become a corporate sponsor, contact Lisa Litt at American National Bank, 218-739-3221. Donations can also be made online at would sure be a shame to have to drive to Detoit Lakes, Alexandria, or Moorhead to take in a fireworks show this Fourth of July.

Ahwatukee forth of July fireworks display fundraising deadline extended

Location of fireworks display: Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St.
Show contact:Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce
Event website:
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Details:Thousands of dollars short of what it needs for a Red, White and Boom Independence Day celebration, the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has extended the deadline for accepting donations. The chamber had set a Friday deadline for donations for the event, which it hopes to host July 3 on the lawn of the Ahwatukee Country Club. But on Thursday, the chamber had just $14,000 of the $20,000 it needs to cover the cost of the event. So Terri Kimble, chamber president and chief executive officer, said the organization would accept donations on its Web site through this weekend instead of ending the fundraising effort Friday. Chamber officials will decide Monday whether they can afford Red White and Boom."Everyone thinks something like this just comes together - poof," said chamber treasurer Patty Durant, who on graduation night stood in the rain outside Mountain Pointe High School with her 7-year-old daughter and collected money in buckets."It doesn't. The chamber can't do it on our own. We need help from everyone." Durant said she and other chamber members also visited a number of Ahwatukee businesses last weekend, soliciting $25 donations in exchange for bumper stickers. Sponsors that donate larger amounts are to be acknowledged with banners and other recognition at the event. Fireworks shows at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St., were a community tradition from at least the 1980s until 2005. That year, sponsors decided it would be easier to have the celebration at Rawhide. Officials at Rawhide, which is one freeway exit south of Ahwatukee on Interstate 10, say they still plan fireworks and other festivities on July 4. Earlier this year, some Ahwatukee residents circulated petitions that asked that the event return to the community. But will enough residents open their pocketbooks by Sunday to support the event? "We are at a standstill right now," Kimble said. "We will know by the end of the weekend.

Fourth of July fireworks display in Fort Lauderdale

Location of fireworks display: Cape Coral Bridge and Cape Coral Parkway
City:Fort Lauderdale
State: Florida
Date:4th July 9:15 p.m
Show contact:239-549-6900
Event website:

Details:The Fourth of July lands conveniently on a Saturday this year -- so it's easy to celebrate Independence Day with a trip to take in a variety of festivities that are featured in various parts of Florida.Here are some noteworthy ones:Cape Coral -- The Red, White and Boom Celebration on Cape Coral Bridge and Cape Coral Parkway (shut down between the bridge and Del Prado Boulevard beginning in the afternoon of July 4) offer entertainment on two stages. It's a street party expected to draw more than 50,000 people. Four bands will entertain and a children's carnival will keep youngsters happy. Vendors will sell food and beer and at dusk visitors will be able to watch fireworks over the river from land or boat. For details, call 239-549-6900. For information on Cape Coral and surrounding area, visit -- Historic Cocoa Village puts on a free July 4th Celebration at Cocoa Village Riverfront Park Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. on July 4. The Brevard Symphony Orchestra will perform a patriotic concert and fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. as the orchestra continues to play simultaneously. Children's activities and food court will be available (nominal charge). Bring your lawn chair. Cocoa Village is in the restored downtown of Cocoa between U.S. 1 and the Indian River adjacent to State Road 520.Visit

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May 29, 2009

The 24th annual Pepsi Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display Show

Location of fireworks display: Freedom Hall Civic Center
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Details: JOHNSON CITY — Tough economic times can’t stop Independence Day.
“During these tough economic times we are seeing budget cuts with companies and local governments as well,” Pepsi representative Tim Swecker said Thursday in announcing the details for the 24th annual Pepsi Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show at Freedom Hall Civic Center on Saturday, July 4.
“But I think it is important that in these tough economic times that we have these events that lift the spirits of the community and this region. I feel everyone involved in planning this event should be commended for banding together to bring this event to the public,” Swecker said.
Johnson City police say they have things pretty much figured out after all these years, and the plan works.
“As in all years, we encourage everyone to come out and have a fine time,” Johnson City Police Department Lt. Gerald Harrell said. “We just want to make sure that people realize there are city ordinances that prohibit fireworks, especially those here on the grounds. With so many people out here, it’s not a safe thing to do. Nothing is gonna change from years past. Roads that have been blocked will be blocked again this year.”
Some other ground rules to remember before heading out to Freedom Hall are no alcoholic beverages or incendiary devices, like charcoal grills and fireworks, can be brought to the grounds.
There will be free mass transit service, including lift buses for the physically challenged, which will originate from East Tennessee State University and Winged Deer Park. Handicapped parking passes and instructions are available and must be applied for no later than June 29 by calling 461-4884.
Some talented local entertainment will be headlining this year’s event.
“Brinley Addington from over in Kingsport is one of our headliners,” Swecker said. “The folks in Nashville are anxious for him to move there full time and launch his career, but he’s a local young man. Jessica Nixon is Miss Johnson City and currently vying for Miss Tennessee. She has done some tribute songs for us in the past, and this year we are going to let her show some more of what she can do. Also, Greenbriar bluegrass band will be performing.”
The fireworks draw nearly 75,000 people, and that can cause quite a bit of traffic congestion. Police have the same traffic flow plan in place that has worked well in years past. The best bet is to plan a little extra time for getting to and from the event.

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May 27, 2009

Fireworks Display over Fox Lake Back

Location of fireworks display: Mineola Bay on Fox Lake
City: Fox Lake
State: Wisconsin
Date:July 4 Night
Show contact: Chain O' Lakes Fireworks committee
Event website:
Fireworks display company:J&M Displays Inc.

Details:For 25 years, Fox Lake built a reputation as having one of the best Independence Day Fireworks displays in Lake County.
Organizers decided to no longer host the fireworks show over the water, and the 2008 show was moved to a 5-acre village-owned site near Rollins Road and the Fox Lake Wastewater Treatment plant.
Now, a group of boaters and fireworks enthusiasts have picked up the ball and are intent on returning the display over the lake.
Tim Triggs, spokesman for the new Chain O' Lakes Fireworks committee, said the explosions will definitely return on July 4 over Fox Lake, even though the fundraising events have not produced the revenue needed at this time.
"No matter what, there will be fireworks over the water on Fox Lake," Triggs said. "The goal of our committee is to have a large show that people will enjoy. But, if we can only afford a $10,000 show, then that's what we'll have."
Triggs said the new committee, made up of boaters who were upset when the fireworks were moved off the water in 2008, has obtained the permits needed to hold the display at dusk on Independence Day.
The reason for bringing the show back over the water is as much to attract business as it is for the fireworks, he said.
"For a lot of businesses, that was their busiest weekend on the Chain O' Lakes," he said. "Besides, watching the fireworks over the water is truly amazing."
The committee has received the go-ahead from all governing agencies of the Chain O' Lakes and the village of Fox Lake. It also has hired a fireworks company.
"We retained the same company that the former fireworks committee used," he said. "We have an open-ended contract in place, and they said they would work with us regarding the money situation."
Now, Triggs said, comes the need for money. Fundraisers held since February have produced $9,000, far short of the $35,000 goal the committee established, he said.
Worse, he said, the committee is running out of time.
"We have a couple of fundraisers scheduled where we hope to bring in as much as we can," Triggs said. "Plus, people can always donate straight to the committee."
Information about fundraisers and donations can be found at the committee's Internet Web site at

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May 26, 2009

July 4-Fireworks display in San Diego

Location of fireworks display: Lake Murray
City:San Diego
Date: July 4 9:15pm
Show Contact:619.583.6050
Event Website:
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Mission Times Courier, San Diego, Ca) - The likelihood of fireworks lighting up the night sky over Lake Murray this 4th of July may rest with a brownie. Or a few thousand of them.
The fate of the Lake Murray Music Fest & Fireworks, which takes place annually on July 4th, may depend on it. This Sunday, May 17th from 10:00am-3:00pm volunteers from the community of Del Cerro will be hard at work selling their homemade brownies and other baked delights to passers-by at the corner of Del Cerro Blvd. and Marne Ave., to help raise funds for the event.
For Sean Melody, freshman at Patrick Henry and his mom Pam, they think they have the right recipe. “We did this last year, and the response was so-so. This year we hope it’s even better” says Pam. “Many people come to Lake Murray on the fourth of July and really enjoy the music and fireworks. People don’t realize how much money it takes to put on the event”.
Thousands are expected at the day long event. This year will feature many well known bands and the music gets underway at 12:00pm and does not stop until the fireworks show at 9:15pm. Food and beverages will be offered by local vendors.
The major event sponsor this year is Windmill Farms. For further information about the event or if you are interested in participating, contact Don Brennan at 619.583.6050 or visit the event website at

Cocoa Beach Annual Fireworks Display Show

Location of fireworks display: City of Cocoa Beach
City:Cocoa Beach
Date:July 4
Show contact:City of Cocoa Beach Commission 868-3200
Event website:
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Details:COCOA BEACH -- Fireworks will light up the sky again this Fourth of July if city officials raise more than $50,000 from businesses and residents.
A decades-long tradition that draws thousands to the beach, the display was canceled last year after the key sponsor cited skyrocketing costs and problems with securing a barge. The fireworks are launched from a barge near Shepard Park.
This year, Cocoa Beach officials cleared a major hurdle when they secured a Coast Guard permit for the barge, a new one owned by a local company.
"The barge has always been the long pole in the tent," Vice Mayor Kevin Pruett said.
But organizers still need help with most of the $55,000.
Pruett said raising the money is an "even longer pole." He said they'd be turning to the community.
The Cocoa Beach Area Hotel and Lodging Association has rallied its 15 member-owners to contribute more than $5,000.
"We think that it's a great community event for both the citizens and the businesses," said President Tom Williamson. "It's a tradition that needs to be maintained."
Pruett said many people complained last year about the lack of fireworks and City Hall has been fielding calls from people from out of town and out of state who want to know if the show will go on this year.
"The resounding comment I've heard is that in our community it's almost un-American to not have fireworks on the Fourth of July," he said.
The fireworks also were canceled in 2002, when the Coast Guard said it did not receive the application for the barge launch in time.

Station Casinos announces biggest fireworks display show Fourth of July

Location of fireworks display: Station Casinos
City:Las Vegas
Date: July 4 night
Show Contact:Station Casinos
Event Website:
Fireworks display company:Grucci Family
Details:There was a surprise in the sky over Red Rock Resort Sunday night during the Allman Brothers concert as Station Casinos surprised the surrounding community with a two-minute fireworks show to announce its plans to host the largest 4th of July fireworks show Las Vegas has ever seen.
Plans are in the works for nine fireworks shows to go off simultaneously on the 4th of July from nine different Station Casinos' properties throughout the valley including Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Boulder Station, neighboring properties Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho will be a shared location, Fiesta Henderson, Aliante Station, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station.
The fireworks show this evening and the nine-property fireworks show on the 4th of July have been produced the Grucci Family, one of the premiere fireworks companies in the world.
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Station Casinos promising biggest fireworks display Fourth of July

Location of fireworks display: Station Casinos
City:Las Vegas
Date: July 4 night
Show Contact:Station Casinos
Event Website:
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Details: Station Casinos is planning a fireworks show to end all fireworks shows. A simultaneous display at nine of its properties is in the works for the Fourth of July. Those properties include Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Boulder Station, Fiesta Henderson, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station, Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho.
The show was announced with a two minute fireworks show Sunday night in the sky over Red Rock during show by the Allman Brothers.
More show details to come.

Enjoy Firewroks Display in SeaWorld After Dark

Location of fireworks display: SeaWorld Bayside Stadium
Date:May 23 - Sept.7
Show Contact: SeaWorld Orlando 1-888-800-5447
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Details:You know it's summer in Orlando when SeaWorld kicks off its special SeaWorld After Dark event. Running now through September 7, you can enjoy the following:
Shamu Rocks, a combination rock concert, laser show, and killer whale extravaganza.
Reflections, a combination of fireworks, music, and dancing fountains. This year, SeaWorld is starting something new: guests can sit inside Bayside Stadium to view the show in comfort.
Sea Lions Tonight, an evening comedy romp with SeaWorld's sea lions, otters, and walrus (pictured at right).
You'll also be able to ride SeaWorld's rides, including the brand-new Manta flying roller coaster.
Click here for my review of Manta, which is now my favorite Orlando ride and one of my top three nationwide coasters. Better yet, there is no extra cost for these events. They are all included with your regular admission ticket.
If you've seen Illuminations at Epcot or the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom for the dozenth time, head over to SeaWorld for a whole new nighttime experience.
Click here for the official SeaWorld After Dark webpage. If you want a hassle-free SeaWorld visit that lets you avoid long lines, click here to read about Quick Queue. For tips on avoiding parking hassles, click here. To read more of my articles, click here.

July Fourth Fireworks Display on BANGOR

Location of fireworks display: banks of the Penobscot River
Date:July 4
Show contact:Brewer Kiwanis Club
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Details:BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor-Brewer Kiwanis is seeking financial assistance to assure a quality fireworks display is provided to those attending the annual July Fourth celebration along the banks of the Penobscot River this year.
Because of the faltering economy, the local Kiwanians, who organize the annual display, are asking the public to donate to help pay the cost of the fireworks. The goal is $25,000. To date, approximately $15,000 has been raised. As part of the fundraising effort, the Bangor Daily News will run a weekly “firecracker” graphic detailing the dollars raised on Page B1 beginning on Tuesday, June 2, and continuing through Tuesday, June 30.
Those who want to contribute may send a contribution to the Greater Bangor July 4th Corp., care of Bangor Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 1161, Bangor 04402-1161.
Alternatly, you can donate through paypal, using the following link.

Springfield's fireworks display go on as planned

Location of fireworks display: Memorial Bridge
City:Springfield City

Date:July 4th 9:30 p.m

Show Contact: Springfield City Council 413-733-3800.
Event Website:
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Details:Springfield’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show will go on as planned.
Springfield City Council announced last month that it needed donations from the community in order to hold the event — and City Manager Brett Bennett said they’re closing in on the goal.
“The council had made a decision that if we didn’t get at least half the funding for the fireworks that we probably couldn’t have them,” Bennett said. “We’ve received almost the full funding from outside sources. I hope it’s a start for a continuation of things to come.”
The city asked for donations from businesses and individuals and got its largest contribution from one of the county’s newest employers. EFACEC, the Portuguese manufacturer soon to open its first U.S. plant in Effingham County, has given the city a donation of $6,000 to go toward the annual celebration.
“I think it’s a positive statement,” said Springfield Mayor Barton Alderman. “It shows EFACEC really wants to be here.”
Donations from businesses and private individuals totaled nearly $3,000, much to Alderman’s delight. The city first sent out letters asking for support on Feb. 24 and sent other missives requesting help on March 31, April 17 and April 21.
“There’s been such an outpouring of support for it,” he said. “I’m really impressed and very pleased that we have had the response from private citizens and businesses. Our city employees even took up a fund.”
The fireworks show, which has been since 1999 and is staged at Effingham County High School on the Saturday before July 4, annually draws a large crowd. Alderman worried that if the city had not been able to stage the fireworks show this year that it would have been difficult to bring them back in the future.
“I’m thrilled we’ll be able to have it,” he said. “Anytime you’ve had something that continues and you stop it, it’s really hard to get it started again, unless you have a tremendous outpouring from the citizens.”
Guyton also approved a $500 donation, and Effingham County commissioners approved spending up to $5,000 for the fireworks show — which is staged by an Effingham County resident.
“I’m also pleased we had such commitment from Effingham County,” Alderman said. “I think that shows a county-wide commitment that our commissioners supported funding it the way they did.
“We’ve gotten donations from churches, businesses, private individuals. Guyton gave us a donation. I’m so happy we had the outpouring of support. I’m very hopeful that with this support, this is something that can be held well into the future.”
For the fireworks cause
The following people and businesses have contributed to Springfield’s annual fireworks show:
Arby’sAtlantic Track and Turnout
Dr. Lynn’s Family Practice, P.C.
Mayor Barton Alderman
The Law Office of Dennis Dozier
Kelly’s Tavern
Breland Well Drilling
JL Hardin, Inc.
St. Boniface Catholic Church
Employees of the city of Springfield
First Baptist Church of Rincon
Kenny and Diana Usher

Port Clinton 4th of July fireworks display

Location of fireworks display: Port Clinton City
Date: July 4th
Show Contact: Port Clinton City Councile 419-734-0515
Even Website:
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Details: PORT CLINTON -- Port Clinton High School students have come to the rescue for this year's Independence Day fireworks event.
"It's a great day, an absolutely wonderful day. It started out spectacular," said Port Clinton City Councilman Mike Snider, who is in charge of the July 4 events.
He received a call from the advisor of the school's Leadership Council. "His question was, 'How much money does the fireworks still need?'" Snider said.
He said $1,300 was needed to make the $8,000 goal.
The students donated the 1,300 "wonderful, explosive dollars," Snider said. "The fireworks are paid for and now we have to worry about the community band concert and the parade, and of course everything left over will be carried over until next year."
"It was a nice treat for all of us, I think," said Mike Spencer, co-advisor of the Leadership Council. "Throughout the year, we have several fundraisers that we put on." The students run the concession stand during basketball games and also organize the school's homecoming event.
"We had some money left over for the school year," the advisor said. "This morning we unanimously decided to make whatever contribution was needed to make up the difference ... The kids are excited to be part of something special."
School Superintendent Pat Adkins said he was thrilled about the donation. "We're certainly very proud that they did that. It's nice to see our kids do that for the community," he said.
Donations may be made at the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Checks should be written to the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, with the word "fireworks" written in the memo line. Donation buckets are also available at several city businesses.

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May 25, 2009

Bennington's Fourth of July Fireworks Display Show

Location of fireworks display: Bennington Town
Date: July 4
Event contact:Stuart Hurd; ; 802) 442-1037
Event website:
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Details:BENNINGTON — The town's annual Fourth of July fireworks display remains in jeopardy as fundraising efforts to support it have stalled.
Bennington Town Manager Stuart A. Hurd said the town has raised only $1,000 so far, and has only half of the funding needed to put on a fireworks display comparable to past years. Last year's display cost about $12,000, he said.
"We're still short about $6,500. We have really another month in which to try to raise the money, but ... it's not coming in very fast," Hurd said.
The company hired by the town to put on the display will need to know within a month what the town plans to do, Hurd said.
During the budget process earlier this year, the Select Board made cuts to discretionary spending, which included the annual fireworks show. In the past, the town budgeted $8,500, but reduced that amount by $6,000 to $2,500 this year. Casella Waste Management has pledged a donation of $2,500 in the past, and will do so again this yea0r, Hurd said, so the Select Board decided to keep that amount in the budget as a match and raise the rest in the business community.
But the business community has, so far, not chipped in. "Those that I've contacted that I thought would support it have not responded," he said.
The town is left with a few options, Hurd said. It can cancel the show, plan for a smaller display or look to the Select Board for additional funding.
My guess is that they would try to make up the difference if they can afford to do so," he said of the board.
Hurd said residents are likely to be disappointed if the town opts to go with a shorter, cheaper display. "People have come to expect a 20 to 25 minute display. When you start cutting that down by a quarter or half, you start looking at a 10 to 15 minute show that I think will disappoint people," he said.
Three or four "major sponsors" contributing $500 to $1,000 each "would make a heck of a dent," Hurd said. "If we can get up to $12,000 we can have a very nice show," he said.
The board is also asking surrounding towns to kick in funding because many of their residents come to Bennington for the show.
Select Board member Jason Morrissey said the board is in favor of continuing the search for sponsors. It's too early to talk about the board kicking in more funding, though, he said.
"There's still time to avoid that," he said. "We are working on those options."
Morrissey said the board made difficult choices during the budget process, but the decisions were necessary.
"When you look at our budget this year, it's very chronicled that we have a lean budget," Morrissey said. "We could have made a zillion exceptions, but we made no exceptions, or played favorites."

July 4 Fireworks Display Celebration in Lahaina

Location of fireworks display: Lahaina Town
Date:8 p.m. on Saturday, July 4

Show Contact: The Maui Chamber of Commerce 871-7711
Event Website:
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Details:LAHAINA - The Maui Chamber of Commerce is still several thousand dollars short of funding the annual July Fourth fireworks celebration in Lahaina, but it had accumulated enough donations on Friday to place a down payment for the fireworks.
The chamber credited businesses and individuals for their donations so far but especially thanked Tamara Barto, owner of Aloha Self Storage Lahaina, who increased her last year's donation by $1,500 to donate $5,000 this year.
"Aloha Self Storage Lahaina and the Barto family are such tremendous community partners and are committed to making this event happen," said chamber President Pamela Tumpap.
For at least a couple of weeks, the Maui Chamber of Commerce has been working at a frantic pace to gather $28,000 to pay for the fireworks. The chamber needed $14,000 by Friday for a deposit to order the fireworks.
Several more thousand dollars need to be raised to complete the $28,000 total, officials said. Donations are still needed.
An additional $10,000 will also need to be raised later to help pay for other costs of the celebration in Lahaina town that the chamber says is an important attraction to draw people to businesses in the town.
Until last year, the event was spearheaded by a local community organizer.
To make a donation or obtain more information, call the chamber at 871-7711.

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May 24, 2009

Firewroks Display Show on Marine Corps Night

Location of fireworks display: NYSEG Stadium
Date:May 25, 6:35 PM
Show Contact: (607) 723-6387
Event Website:
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Details:Fireworks and Kids Eat Free on Marine Corps Night5/24/2009 (Source: Binghamton Mets)Come out to watch the Binghamton Mets and a fireworks show. Kids Eat Free with the purchase of a full price ticket, and seniors can purchase 4 dollar tickets. Its another Big League Show at a Small Town Price at NYSEG Stadium. Find out more below...
Lockheed Martin's Armed Forces Weekend:At each of the home games of Memorial Day weekend, the B-Mets will honor a different branch of our military. Any active duty or retired veteran of the U.S. military is entitled to one free ticket to the game of their choice this weekend.

Fireworks Display at Wolf Trap National Park

Location of fireworks display:Wolf Trap National Park
City: Vienna
State: Virginia
Date:May 24, 9:45 p.m
Show Contact: 703-255-1800
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Details:On May 24, 2009, celebrate the start of the season at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts with a performance of concert band favorites followed by a dazzling fireworks display!
Wolf Trap National Park 2009 Summer blast Off! "The President's Own"
United States Marine Band with Fireworks!
Please Note: Capacity is limited and the park will close at capacity. Updates will be posted prior to show time if the park reaches capacity.
Place: Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182
Time: 8:00 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 pm
Fireworks viewing area opens following the performance at approximately 9:30 pm
Fireworks begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.
Metro shuttle service will be available for this performance.

The 51st annual Target Fireworks Display in Detroit

Location of fireworks display:Detroit
City: Detroit
Date:Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 10:06 p.m
Show Contact: (313) 432-7831
Event Website:
Fireworks display company:Zambelli Fireworks Internationale

Details:Who said fireworks can only be shot off on the Fourth of July? Why not enjoy them in June, too? The 51st annual Target Fireworks in Detroit are being shot off at 10:06 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009, over the Detroit River. Thursday, the 25th, is saved tentatively in case of rainy weather.
Put on by The Parade Company and Target, the Target Fireworks in Detroit are a much enjoyed summertime tradition. The fireworks are choreographed by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale and include more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects. This fireworks spectacular is one of the largest fireworks displays in the entire country.
Tickets for the show can be purchased on the Parade Company’s website by clicking "Buy Now," on their link for the Target Fireworks. Tickets run $175 for adults and $75 for children ages 6 and under. Purchases can also be made by calling The Parade Company at (313) 432-7831.
The Target Fireworks celebration has always been known for its ability to bring the people of Detroit together to remind them why they love both their city and their community. It is just one of the many great traditions that Detroit has and will continue to have for years and years to come.

Fireworks Display at Channelside

Location of fireworks display:Channelside Bay Plaza
Date: May 25, 9:pm
Show Contact:813-471-1531
Event Website :
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Details:Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day and to celebrate the day, there will be a spectacular fireworks display atChannelside beginning at 9pm.The event is perfect for the whole family, it's free and get there early and have dinner or enjoy entertainment at the many restaurants and venues a the plaza.Cold Stone Creamery, Gallagher's and Oishi Japanese restaurant are serving up delicious food and desserts or relax outside on the terrace at Bennigan's or Howl at the Moon.Come on down and celebrate Memorial Day at Channelside.

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May 23, 2009

Free Fireworks Dispaly over Woodward Park on Sunday

Location of fireworks display:Woodward Park
City: Fresno
State: California
Date: 8:45 p.m 4 July
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Details: Large crowds expected for Sunday’s regional Memorial Day Weekend celebration “One Nation under God” at Woodward Park – plus the noise caused by cannons shooting blanks and aerial fireworks – are prompting organizers and Manteca Police to offer advice to attendees and neighbors to help make the event go as smoothly as possible.The free aerial fireworks targeted to start at 8:45 p.m. at Woodward Park is expected to draw large crowds. Manteca Police remind those attending not to block driveways and that most of Woodward Avenue does not allow parking.Police as well as Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police volunteers will help direct traffic after the show.Animal control officers are also advising neighbors to take steps to keep their pets calm and prevent them from trying to escape yards by putting them inside during the fireworks show as well as the 21-gun salute using blanks fired from Howitzer cannon following the 6 p.m. official program.Those attending the USO Show inside the fenced-in grassy storm retention basin at Woodward Park Sunday are advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets as there will be no seating available. They also are being advised not to bring food or drinks for security reasons. Local non-profits will have concessions available.There will be a Soldiers’ Angels collection booth at the event. The following items are being requested for overseas shipment: hard candies (Tootsie Roll Pops/Charms Pops), beef jerky, powder drink mix – single packets, baby wipes (preferably in plastic diaper bag sized case), sunscreen, and AT&T International phone cards. Money will also be accepted as a donation to help with shipping costs and other items.There will also be a flag burning ceremony, which is the proper way to dispose of tattered and torn flags. One wishing to dispose of a worn flag in the honorable manner can bring their discarded flags to the event and turn them in at the American Legion booth at the Woodward Park event site. Manteca’s One Nation under God events are being heralded as the largest Memorial Day weekend commemoration this year on the West Coast.Sunday’s Woodward Park activities feature a USO Show from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. It will feature free entertainment, a military vehicle display, free food and drinks for veterans, CHP K-9 exhibit, children’s fun center, exhibits and concessions, veteran services, Soldiers Angels collection center, aircraft fly over, special tribute to wounded warriors, a ceremony honoring veterans, marching bands, and the Moving Wall tribute to those who have died so far in the Global War on Terror.The official program will feature speakers Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Sammy Davis who attended Manteca High for three years, Sgt. Bob Gutierrez of the famous Navajo Code Talkers who befuddled the Japanese, and Sgt. Earl Watson who is a Battle of the Bulge survivor. The Battle of the Bulge was the bloodiest battle of World War II.Those Japanese Americans who served in the 442nd Brigade, for whom a segment of Highway 99 is named in honor of, will also be attending. They served America in the European theater during World War II despite having their families placed in internment camps.Music will be provided by the Mi Wuk church choir and band as well as “We are Family.”The program will end with a 21-gun salute from Howitzers.Then at 8:45 p.m. aerial fireworks will take place over Woodward Park to “celebrate the turn of our soldiers from Iran and Afghanistan.”
Recognizing Medal of Honor recipientThe four days start off today at 11 a.m. with a ceremony honoring Manteca native and Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis. It will take place at the Manteca Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.Davis attended Manteca High through his junior year. He enlisted in the Army at age 18.
Dedication of memorial wall to Sgt. PalmerOn Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, sunrise will come to Manteca with 2,500 flags lining the streets as part of the Flags Over Manteca effort. Then at 9 a.m., the memorial wall honoring Marine Cpl. Charles Palmer II will be dedicated at the Big League Dreams sports complex plaza. Palmer was killed in Iraq while serving America.Then at 10:30 a.m. the traditional Memorial Day service takes place at East Union Cemetery.The day – and weekend – will end at 8 p.m. with the playing of taps and the retiring of the colors at the BLD complex.
‘Not Forgotten’ Musical-dramaThe Place of Refuge, 486 Button Ave., will stage its poignant “Not Forgotten” musical drama on Saturday, May 23, at 2 and 6 p.m.The production is a tribute to the fallen as well as those who have served America.

Hamilton's Independence Day Fireworks Display Celebration

Location of fireworks display: Downtown Hamilton
State :New Zealand
Date : July 4
Show Contact: Local Number: (513) 844-8080 Toll-Free Phone: (800) 311-5353
Fireworks display company:

Details:HAMILTON — Hamilton’s traditional fireworks finale for the city’s Fourth of July celebration is a go.
In the past, the city has covered expenses — about $25,000 for fireworks last year — but with budget cuts on the table, Hamilton City Council decided last year that special events need to support themselves.
Donations for the July 4 fireworks display to date total $24,500.
“It continues to definitely be a team effort,” said Bob Harris, director of parks and recreation and city liaison on Hamilton’s Fourth of July committee. “This obviously shows that the city of Hamilton and its residents care about events such as this and the quality of life in our great city.”
Altrusa, which organized Hamilton’s first Fourth of July parade in 1962, in March offered $1,000 to the Fourth of July committee and challenged other service-based groups and corporations to match its contribution.
Thanks to those efforts and donations from Walmart’s Bridgewater Falls and Hamilton stores, an anonymous donor and numerous donations from individuals and businesses, “there will be fireworks as the grand finale for the Fourth of July celebration,” Harris said.
The committee is still accepting donations “because we would like to offer entertainment before the fireworks as in years past,” he said.
“America the Beautiful” is the theme of this year’s festivities and parade, which is sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan Fund.
“One of his greatest wishes was that Hamilton continue to be known for the quality of its parades,” said Mike Dingeldein, chair of the Michael J. Colligan Fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation. “And we do believe that our parade is bigger and better than any parade in any town our size across the country.”

Fireworks Display in Marietta Friday

Location of fireworks display: Don Drumm Stadium
State: Georgia
Date: July 3. 9:30 p.m
Show Contact:Marietta College’s Track & Field Event Management class
Event Website:
Fireworks display company:

Details:In honor of the NCAA Track and Field competition held in Marietta, a fireworks display has been set for Friday evening.The set-off time has been moved forward to 9:30 p.m.
The fireworks will be launched from the soccer field adjacent to Don Drumm Stadium, so they may be visible from the area around that region of the city.The fireworks should go without a hitch as the skies are expected to be mainly clear and dry.

The Labor Day Fireworks Display Show

Location of fireworks display: Lake Tahoe
Date: approximately 8:30 p.m September 6
Show Contact:
Event Website:
Fireworks display company: Pyro Spectaculars, Inc.

Details:The Labor Day fireworks show will go on in September.The South Lake Tahoe Tourism Improvement District voted on Friday to fund the $65,000 needed to keep the show.“You can put that back on your calendars,” said Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Executive Director Carol Chaplin. The LTVA and the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority — which allocates money for the American CenturyChampionship golf tournament and the July 4 fireworks — usually pay for the Labor Day fireworks, but because of budget constraints, the fireworks went unfunded.The TID used contingency funds to keep the fireworks going, said Jerry Bindel, TID board chairman.“We’re doing this to keep people employed, and attract visitors to drive up here,” Bindel said.The South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association also unanimously approved the effort to fund the fireworks on Thursday, Bindel said.The Labor Day fireworks are one of the biggest events for the lodging community, Bindel said. It falls short of the July 4 fireworks and the celebrity golf tournament.Bindel said the plan is to market the Labor Day fireworks to draw more visitors up to the lake, and to create a weekend event to entice people to stay for three nights.The LTVA had gone to the city in April to ask for $60,000 to keep the Labor Day fireworks. The city council voted to give the LTVA $15,000 — $10,000 for the Lake in the Sky Air Show and $5,000 for the Masters Track Meet, but nothing for the fireworks.The TID is also trying to acquire more marketing funds.Bindel said the TID Board unanimously approved an increase in fees that lodging properties will charge to their guests, and would like to bring the issue before the City Council for final approval. The fee increase would provide more money to market the area to tourists.The fees would increase from $2 to $3 a night for hotel and motels, and from $3 to $4.50 per night for vacation rentals. Bindel said the increase would take effect by the fall.Other summer events coming up include the Masters Track Meet, an event at the end of May for people older than 30 ; geocaching, high-tech treasure hunt with GPS devices in June; and the Lake Tahoe Marathon in September. The LTVA will not host a summer kickoff this year because of its small budget. Last year’s summer kickoff was a mid-June street festival on Highway 50 in the casino corridor.

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May 22, 2009

The Annual July 4 Fireworks Display in Norwich

Location of fireworks display: Howard T. Brown Memorial Park
State: Conn.
Date: 9:30 p.m. July 4.
Show Contact: 860-886-6363
Event Website:
Fireworks display company:

Details: For decades, the annual July 4 fireworks show has drawn thousands to downtown Norwich. However, finances forced Norwich’s 350th Anniversary Committee to drop the event this summer.But don’t write off the spectacle just yet.The Norwich Fourth of July Committee is spearheading a drive to pay for the show. The group is asking for a minimum of 100 businesses or individuals to donate $350 apiece. It also is accepting donations of any amount from businesses, groups and individuals.“We didn’t want this tradition to disappear,” said American Ambulance Vice President Greg Allard, who is coordinating the effort. “This year we’re under some time constraints with only about eight weeks to go.”The show would take place at 9:30 p.m. July 4.The annual event at Howard T. Brown Memorial Park brings thousands of people to the waterfront, Allard said. The total cost of putting on a show in previous years has been as much as $50,000, including $35,000 for the fireworks and the rest paying for permitting fees, the barge and insurance.Allard already has received calls and e-mails from about 10 individuals and companies pledging contributions. And he said Atlas PyroVision, its New Hampshire-based contractor, has been accommodating and is willing to cater a fireworks show to whatever funds the committee collects.“They’ve been very open with us,” Allard said. The American Group, which includes American Ambulance; and The Norwich Bulletin, are the leaders of the Norwich Fourth of July Committee.Gary Wolinski, co-president of Overhead Door Co. of Norwich, said his firm is donating $500.“I was kind of disappointed when we found out it wasn’t going to be part of the 350th birthday,” he said. “I think it’s critical to have it. You only have a 350th birthday celebration once.”Wolinski said Overhead Door will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2011.“Norwich got us to this point and we’re giving something back,” he said.Not part of 350thThe fireworks show was still on the 350th committee’s agenda at a Feb. 21 meeting, but in the committee’s application to the Sachem Fund on March 25, it noted the fireworks had been dropped for financial reasons.“The fireworks were tentative if we could raise the money,” said Alderman Bill Nash, a member of the 350th executive committee.The fireworks faced a similar crisis in 2008, when Foxwoods Resort Casino pulled its funding. Still, 17 sponsors were able to help make the event go off before an estimated crowd of 25,000.

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May 21, 2009

Queen Creek's Fourth of July Fireworks Display

Location of fireworks display: Schnepf Farms Town of Queen Creek
State: Arizona
Fireworks display date:4th of July
Show Contact: Kiwanis /Kiwanis' Club of Queen Creek
Event Website:
Fireworks display company:

Deatails: Queen Creek's Fourth of July fireworks are a go this year, although future displays are in limbo.
This year's fireworks have already been purchased, according to a report from Parks and Recreation director Debbie Gomez to the town's budget committee Tuesday.
However, future displays could be a challenge.
Queen Creek has proposed cutting $15,000 for helping nonprofit community events out of its budget. That money has traditionally been split evenly between London's Run, the Boys and Girls Club's Christmas parade and the Kiwanis Fourth of July event.
M&I Bank and the town are the two biggest contributors to the Fourth of July celebration. The bank has reduced its contribution from $5,000 to $1,000, according to the memo Gomez drafted after talking to the group's president. The Kiwanis Club hasn't received other donations for this year's event.
Funding reductions from the two biggest contributors could create a funding shortfall that prevents future celebrations, Gomez wrote.
There was some confusion at the last meeting over whether this year's event, which is four days into the new fiscal year, would be paid for by this year's or next year's funds. But this year's event is covered by the current fiscal year's funds, said assistant town manager Patrick Flynn.
The budget committee voted 2-1 to recommend the Town Council approve a $2,500 donation next year, plus in-kind donations. The reduced donation was contingent on the event going off as planned.
Vice Mayor Gail Barney, who proposed that funding level, was concerned the fireworks wouldn't happen if the town gave no donation.
But he was also worried the money could be used for other expenditures if the Kiwanis don't find other funds and have to end up canceling the show anyway.
"If they don't have the Fourth of July event, we don't participate," he said.
Councilman Jeff Brown dissented, proposing instead the town donate $1,000 to the Kiwanis Club for next year's show plus in-kind donations.
"I know it's a hardship, but the Kiwanis Club does have considerable time to raise those funds elsewhere," Brown said.
That recommendation will be forwarded to the full Town Council, which will approve a tentative budget May 20 and vote on the final budget June 17.

July 3-Carlisle's Summer Fireworks Display

Location of fireworks display: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Date of Fireworks Show: 9:30 p.m. July 4.
Show Contact: 717-240-6920
Event Website:
Fireworks display company:

Details: Friday, May 15, 2009
Carlisle's summer fireworks are in jeopardy of fizzling out because of a lack of donations.
Mayor Kirk Wilson said the show will have to be canceled if the borough cannot raise an additional $20,000 for the event by May 29.
The borough needs $25,000 to put on a show comparable to those of past years, but it has raised only $5,000 so far, Wilson said.

He blamed the poor economy for the fundraising difficulties. In the past, between 20 and 25 donors usually gave money for the show, but only five donors have pledged funds this year, he said.
The fireworks are scheduled to be launched from Carlisle Fairgrounds at 9:30 p.m. July 3. Previous shows have lasted more than 20 minutes.
Although the borough would consider shortening the show this year to cut the expense, it still must raise more money to put on even a limited display, Wilson said.

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May 16, 2009

Kimbolton Castle Fireworks & Laser Diaplay Spectacular

Location of fireworks display:

Fireworks display date: November 4th
Show Contact:

Event Website:

Fireworks display company: Kimbolton Fireworks

Details: An annual event that is billed as one of Europe's largest laser and fireworks displays. The fireworks are cheorographed and controlled by computers.