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Jun 30, 2009

July 4 fireworks display

Wimberley Independence Parade and Jubilee — 10 a.m. Friday. Parade route starts at Lion's Field parking lot No. 1 on RM 2325 and ends at the First Baptist Church parking lot, 501 Old Kyle Road, and is followed by a jubilee with live music, food and games at Blue Hole Park. 512-847-2201,

Display location: Bar-K Park
City:Lago Vista
Date:July 4
Lago Vista July 4 celebration —
Begins at 6:30 a.m. with registration for Firecracker 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Sports, games and other entertainment including fireworks display at Bar-K Park from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. and will travel along Dawn Drive.

Hutto July Fourth events— Parade at 8:30 a.m. starts at Fritz Park, travels down Park, Taylor, Farley and East streets, and returns to Fritz Park via Live Oak Street. 759-4000,

Display location:City Park
Date:4th July
Show contact:314-7530
Event website:
Lakeway July Fourth celebration —
8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kicks off with parade down Lakeway Drive at 8:30 a.m. Pageant begins at 10:30 a.m. at Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek Drive. Live entertainment, including laser light and fireworks from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at City Park, 502 Hurst Creek Road. 314-7530,

Spicewood Fourth of July Parade — 9 to 11 a.m. Route starts on County Road 408 (Cypress Mill Road) and ends at Spicewood Community Center, 7901 County Road 404.

Elgin Fourth of July Celebration — 10 a.m. Parade begins at Elgin City Hall, 310 N. Main St. and ends at Veterans Memorial Park, Main and Depot streets; patriotic program follows. 512-281-5724,

Display location: Lady Bird Park
Date:July 4
Event website:
Fredericksburg Independence Day events — 10 a.m. Parade from Courthouse Square to intersection of Bowie and Main streets. Live music and patriotic program immediately following the parade at Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street. A patriotic concert begins at 7 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at Lady Bird Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive.

Wimberley Independence Day celebration — 10 a.m. Flag ceremony, recognition of World War II veterans and flyover at Veterans Memorial Plaza, near EmilyAnn Theatre, 1101 RM 2325.

Display location: Old Settlers Park
City:Round Rock
Date:at dusk
Show contact:512-218-5540
Round Rock July 4 Frontier Days Celebration
— 10 a.m. Starts with parade from Interstate 35 and RM 620 down Main Street. Festival starts at noon at Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd. The Austin Symphonic Band performs at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks display at dusk. 512-218-5540,

Pioneer Farms Independence Day Celebration— 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include hayrides, demonstrations of branding irons and other historical items, live music and more. Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 1400 Pioneer Farms Drive. Children: $8, adults: $10, families: $40 maximum. 837-1215,

East Communities YMCA July Fourth Family Fun Festival — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Swimming and other activities, food and contests. 5315 Ed Bluestein Road. 933-9622,

Invincible Czars— 1 p.m. The band performs a rock interpretation of Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture,' plus original material and other classical works. Wooldridge Square Park, 900 Guadalupe St.

Johnson City's Fourth of July Spangle Dangle — 3 to 9:15 p.m. Live music, children's activities and more at the Blanco County Fairgrounds. Grand Spangle Dangle Parade begins at 7 p.m. Route begins on Pecan Avenue in front of the Blanco County Courthouse and ends at the fairgrounds. 830-868-7684,

Display location:Milburn Park
City:Cedar Park
Date:4th July
Show contact:401-5888
Cedar Park Fourth of July Celebration
— 4 to 10:40 p.m. Live entertainment, children's activities, food booths and fireworks display. Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd. 401-5888,

Display location:Lake Pflugerville
Date:at 9 p.m July 4th
Show contact: 990-6101
Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival
— 4 to 9:30 p.m. Entertainment, food, games and children's activities; fireworks at 9 p.m. Lake Pflugerville, 4600 Pflugerville Parkway. 990-6101,

Fourth of July East-West Game Day— 4 to 8 p.m. Participants can choose to compete as teams of east- or west-side Austinites in friendly competitions of tug of war, sack races and other games divided by age groups. Goal is to encourage residents to preserve Palm Park, 601 E. Third St.

Display location:Crystal Falls Golf Club
Date:4th July
Event website:
Leander Liberty Fest — 5 to 10 p.m. Live music, children's activities, vendors and fireworks display. Crystal Falls Golf Club, 3400 Crystal Falls.

Display location: San Marcos Plaza Park
City:San Marcos
Date:9:30 p.m July 4
San Marcos Summerfest 2009
— 5 to 11 p.m. Event begins with children's parade and costume contest, and includes various patriotic programs, children's activities and food booths. Live music begins at 6:15 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E. Hopkins St.

Display location:Dell Diamond
City:Round Rock
Date:4th July
Show contact:512-255-2255
Event website:
July Fourth Freedom Fest
— 6 p.m. Jerry Jeff Walker, Kellie Pickler and others perform, plus fireworks display. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. $19.50-$39.50. 512-255-2255,

Display location: Peter Bay
Date: 9:30 to 10 p.m July 4
H-E-B Austin Symphony July Fourth Concert and Fireworks
— 8:30 p.m. Symphony under the direction of Peter Bay performs patriotic music; fireworks display from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Auditorium Shores.

Rochester-area 4th of July celebrations and fireworks display

All over Rochester, various towns are putting on their own unique 4th of July celebrations. Here is an exhaustive list of festivities in the Rochester area:
Display location: Downtown Rochester
City: Rochester
Date:10pm. Fourth of July
Show contact:585-428-5990
Event website:
Downtown Rochester: It's Rochester's 175th birthday, so the city is going all out this Fourth of July. A spectacular fireworks show starts at 10pm. Festivities beforehand include a pops concert from the RPO. call 585-428-5990

Display location: 700 Meridian Centre Road

Date: July 4 Fourth in the evening.
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Event website:
Brighton, July 4 Fourth of July festival begins at 10am at Meridian Centre Park. Rides, food, entertainment from the Skycoasters. There is a 5K Race and Pancake Breakfast at Twelve Corners and Brighton High School. Fireworks display in the evening. 700 Meridian Centre Road;

Display location:Fingerlakes.


State: NY
Date:10pm. July 4th

Branchport, NY Celebrate the fourth in the Fingerlakes. Fourth of July Festival starts at noon, parade is at 1pm at the North End Marina, and there is a fireworks display at 10pm. The town has various festivities throughout the weekend. Visit for more information.
Brockport, July 4 Brockport is hosting an “Old Fashioned Celebration” at the Morgan-Manning House where you will music, children's activities, historical oral presentations, and much more. Festivities begin 11am-4pm at 151 Main Street, Brockport; call 585-637-3645

Display location:Lakeshore Drive

Date:Fourth of July evening

Show contact:585-396-0300
Event website:
Canandaigua, July 4 Parade begins at 10am followed by a picnic at Kershaw park in Lakeshore Drive. The theme of this year's Fourth of July Festival is "Energizing Our Community." There will be musical entertainment and of course, fireworks in the evening. Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua; call 585-396-0300

Display location: Over the Conesus Lake
City:Conesus Lake

Date:July 3

Event website:
Conesus Lake, July 3 "Ring of Fire" Fireworks display over the lake. Learn about this special tradition at

Display location:Chili

Date: July 4 10pm
Show contact:585-889-4680

Event website:
Chili, July 4 Chili, which is not called at Chile, is having its 20th annual Chil-E fest and fourth of July Celebration. There will be lots of entertainment, food and craft vendors, a car show, children’s entertainment, inflatables, a parade at 5pm, hopefully some chile and of course, fireworks; noon-10pm; 3235 Chili Avenue call 585-889-4680

Fairport, July 4 The Skycoasters are also going to be in Fairport! (Noon-4:30) There will be a parade on Main Street at 10am. A Party in the Park starts at noon and goes until 4pm. Perinton Park; Route 31F and O’Connor Road, Fairport; call 585-586-9840

Didplay location:Grace and Truth Sports Park

City: Greece
Date: July 4

Show contact:585-615-3991

Event website:
Greece, July 4 Grace and Truth Sports Park, owned and operated by those at First Bible Baptist Church in Greece, are putting on a “Spirit of America” celebration. There will be music by the Johnny Matt Big Band, inflatables, festivities for the kids and fireworks. The celebrations starts at 3 pm; Grace and Truth SportsPark, 373 North Greece Road; call 585-615-3991

Hornell, NY Veterans Memorial Park in Main St. Parade starts at noon. Theme is "Stars and Stripes Forever" with food, vendors, craft booths, children's activities, all-day jumping pen, classic car show, and performances.

Display location:


Date:July 3-4 evening
Show contact:585-336-6070

Event website:
Irondequoit, July 3-4 Parade begins at 11am. There is a festival with arts and crafts and musical entertainment. Fireworks are in the evening. All takes place on the Irondequoit Town Hall Grounds from 11am-11pm; , 1280 Titus Avenue; call 585-336-6070

Display Location:Lyndonville


Date: 4 July at dusk

Show contact:595-3199
Lyndonville, NY . Fourth of July Lions Celebration! There will be a parade, antique car show, Buffalo Philharmonic performs at 7pm, arts and crafts, and firework display at dusk! 77 Housel Ave on the school grounds. Call 595-3199

Display location:Penfield


Date: July 4

Show contact: 585-340-8655

Event website:
Penfield, July 3-4 Penfield also has a parade at 2pm on Tuesday. There will be a festival both Friday and Saturday with live music, good food, and cruises Friday night starting at 5pm. Fireworks on the fourth, of course! Where? Harris Whalen Park, Routes 250 & 441call 585-340-8655

Display location:Veteran’s Memorial Park

Date:4 July

Show contact:359-2540

Even website:
Henrietta, July 4 There is a festival at Veteran’s Memorial Park complete with food, music, fireworks and games from 4-10pm; 515 Calkins Road call 359-2540

Mumford, July 4 This is the coolest. The Genesee Country Village & Museum is holding a 19th century-style fourth of July celebration complete with an old-fashioned grand parade, a pie-eating contest and more, and an authentic naturalization ceremony! Begins at 10am-5pm; Flint Hill Road, Mumford; call 585-538-6822
If I missed something, please let me know ASAP!

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Jun 29, 2009

4th of July fireworks display at Lake Tahoe

As the Fourth of July approaches, Independence Day celebrations, complete with fireworks shows in Incline Village, Tahoe City, Kings Beach and South Lake Tahoe, are undergoing final preparations.

Display location:Incline Beach
City: Incline Village
Date:July 4th
Show contact:
Firworks display company:

Thanks to generous donations and dedicated volunteer efforts the fireworks show in Incline Village, during the Red, White and Tahoe Blue festivals will take place, on the evening of July 4th, at Incline Beach. In addition to the Incline Village Fireworks, the Red, White and Tahoe Blue festival will include a whole calendar of events taking place July 2nd, 3rd and 4th, including a veterans event, parade and kids activities.”

Display location:Commons Beach
City: Tahoe City
Date:9:30p on July 4th
Show contact:
Firworks display company:

Tahoe City will also have a fireworks show, thanks to the efforts of the Tahoe City Downtown association. The event takes place at 9:30p on July 4th and can be seen from locations in Tahoe City, including Commons Beach. This will be the 63rd annual fireworks show in Tahoe City.

Display location:Kings Beach
City: Kings Beach
Date:6:30p on July 3rd
Show contact:
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Kings Beach will offer a fireworks show at 6:30p on July 3rd, thanks to the efforts of the North Tahoe Business Association. There will be a pancake breakfast, 5K run and crafts fair in Kings Beach on July 4th.

Display location:South Lake Tahoe
City: South Lake Tahoe
Date:9:45p on July 4th.
Show contact:
Firworks display company:

South Lake Tahoe will also have fireworks, which is scheduled to begin at about 9:45p on July 4th.

Dodgers Fireworks Display Show To Tribute Michael Jackson

Display location:Dodger
Date: Friday Night, July 4th
Display company: The Dodger fireworks

Details: The Dodgers' Friday Night Fireworks show after the game against the Seattle Mariners will pay tribute to the music of Michael Jackson.

Jackson, the "King of Pop" and Hollywood icon, died Thursday afternoon. Jackson, who went from being a child superstar to one of the entertainment world's most influential singers and dancers, was 50.

The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear.

Louisville Waterfront 4th of July Fireworks Display and Celebration 2009

Display location: Waterfront Park
State: Kentucky
Date: on Friday, July 3, start at 10:30 PM, Saturday, July 4, the show begins 15 minutes earlier, at 10:15 PM.
Show contact:

Details: Times have been tough this year for many people, but the 4th of July is a chance to at least temporarily toss aside any troubles to enjoy some of the simple things in life--family, friends, food, and fireworks.

Even the annual downtown Louisville 4th of July celebration has not been immune to the economic downturn. The budget for this year's Waterfront Independence Festival, which is primarily sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, has been cut by about $100,000. Still, the free celebration at Waterfront Park is sure to be a good time.

As part of the festival, there will be fireworks displays on both Friday and Saturday nights. And according to reports, the actual fireworks shows should not be significantly affected by the budget cuts.

The fireworks on Friday, July 3, start at 10:30 PM, but on the following night, Saturday, July 4, the show begins 15 minutes earlier, at 10:15 PM. Since the pyrotechnics will take place directly over the Ohio, there should be plenty of good viewing spots on both sides of the river.

Those that choose to visit Waterfront Park, however, also will have the chance to enjoy a variety of live music (view schedule), entertainment, and food as well as games and activities for the kids.

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Jun 28, 2009

Kailua Fireworks Display Show Saved

Dispaly Location: Kailua
Date: 4th July
Show contact:

The 61-year-old Fourth of July Kailua fireworks show has been saved by an outpouring of community donations. Kailua resident Brook Gramann, who led the fundraising effort, said contributions from $1 to $15,000 helped keep the fireworks show alive despite the weak economy. In all, $53,000 was raised this year, well above the $42,000 needed for a 12- to 14-minute display. The extra money will be used to pay for expenses such as special-duty police and extending the show a few minutes longer.
The Kailua fireworks show has faced the threat of cancellation in many recent years because of financial difficulties. It is one of several public fireworks displays on Oahu on Friday and Saturday.

Lakewood's Fourth of July fireworks display

Display location: Lakewood Park

City: Lakewood

State: OH

Date:at dusk on Saturday with a rain date for Sunday evening.

Show contact:

Details: The city's fourth of July parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The parade steps off at Kenneth and Lake Avenues and continues east on Lake Avenue to Lakewood Park.

After the parade, festivities will continue in Lakewood Park with games, food, activities and information provided by several of Lakewood's not-for-profit organizations.

At 7 p.m., the Lakewood Project, Lakewood High School's Youth Rock Orchestra, will perform at the Lakewood Bandstand in Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave.

The Fourth of July fireworks will begin at dusk on Saturday with a rain date for Sunday evening.

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Jun 27, 2009

Fireworks, parades and holiday activities in East Hampton, NY

Location: East Hampton

State: NY

Date: July 18, just after 9 p.m.

Despite concerns that the event might be canceled due to lack of funds, the Clamshell Foundation will, as planned, hold its annual fireworks celebration on Saturday, July 18, just after 9 p.m. on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton. The foundation is still accepting donations to help with the cost: checks should be payable to The Clamshell Foundation and sent c/o Bonac Fireworks, P.O. Box 2725, East Hampton, NY 11937. For more information, call 324-6250.

East Hampton Fire Department’s fireworks, however, have again been postponed until Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 5, at approximately 8:30 p.m. The view is best from Main Beach, but can also be seen from Wilborg’s Beach. Vehicle access to the show will be available from Georgica Beach. For more information, call 324-4150.

Location: Montauk

State: NY

Date: July 4, at 7 p.m.

No fireworks, but the golf club at Montauk Downs State Park will offer a barbecue and party on Saturday, July 4, at 7 p.m., with food, live music, prizes, a cash bar and glow-in-the-dark golf. Reservations are suggested. Call 668-1100.

Location: Amagansett

State: NY

Date: July 4th, 9pm

The Devon Yacht Club will feature fireworks on Saturday, July 4, just after dusk, at approximately 9 p.m. The best place to watch is at Fresh Pond Beach. For more information, call 267-6340.

Location: Shelter Island

State: NY

Date July 11th, 9 PM

Fireworks Display Contact: 749-0399, or visit

The Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce’s fireworks show is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, off Crescent Beach at 9 p.m. For more information, call 749-0399, or visit

Location: Sag Harbor

State: NY

Date: July 4th

Fireworks Display Contact: call 725-0567, or

The Sag Harbor Yacht Club will sponsor fireworks on Saturday, July 4, at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.). Watch from Havens Beach, Marine Park, Long Wharf, or the harbor. For more information, call 725-0567, or

Location: Southampton

State: NY

Date: July 3rd

Fireworks Display Company: Grucci fireworks

A Grucci fireworks display will be held over Shinnecock Bay on Meadow Lane in Southampton on Friday, July 3 (rain date Sunday, July 5), at dusk as part of the “American Picnic,” the annual benefit for the Southampton Fresh Air Home at a private home on Meadow Lane. The public can watch from Coopers Beach and the environs. For more information, call 283-5847, or visit

The Commission of Veterans Patriotic Events will hold its annual regional Fourth of July parade on Saturday, July 4. The parade will start at 10 a.m. from the railroad plaza in Southampton and end on Windmill Lane. This year’s parade, themed “What Is America to Me?” will be led by Grand Marshal Felix Novelli, a World War II veteran from Southampton. Entries include Mother Cabrini High School Drum Corps, Saffron United Pipes, Southampton Hospital, and Miss Shinnecock Pageant girls, among many other local and civic organizations. The public should note that parking is prohibited at the Southampton train station on Saturday, July 4, and vehicles must be removed from the parking area no later than 4 a.m. that morning. Any vehicles left in the lot will be impounded by the Southampton Village Police Department at police headquarters, 151 Windmill Lane, Southampton, and released at the conclusion of the parade.

Location: North Sea

State: NY

Date: July 3, & July 5th

The North Sea Fire Department will host its 62nd annual carnival from Wednesday, July 1, through Sunday, July 5, from 7 to 11 p.m. each night at the grounds on Noyac Road near the Community House in North Sea. A fireworks display is planned at approximately 9 p.m. on both July 3 and July 5. Bracelet nights for the carnival are July 1, 2 and 4. For more information, call 283-3629.

Location: Westhampton Beach

State: NY

Date: July 4th, 9 pm

The Westhampton Country Club will offer a fireworks display on Saturday, July 4, at approximately 9 p.m. The public will not be admitted on country club grounds, but the fireworks will be visible from various locations throughout the village. For more information, call 288-1148.

July 4th Fireworks Display at Syracuse, NY celebrates 4th with Inner Harbor fireworks show

Location: Syracuse, NY

State: NY

Date: June 26th

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Event website:

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The City of Syracuse's got folks across the area in the Fourth of July spirit Friday night with a big fireworks display at the Inner Harbor, that could be seen across the area.

The festivities began earlier in the evening with music from After FX, a nine-piece horn band known to many Central New York audiences for their shows at The Turning Stone, Taste of Syracuse, The Landmark, along with many other area venues.

The Stan Colella Orchestra, under the direction of Len Colella, performed on the Main Stage from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Fourth of July fireworks in Alachua Florida

Display Location: ALACHUA, FL

State: Florida

Date: July 4th, 9:45 p.m.

Show contact: Traci Cain

Event website:

Fireworks display company:

The city of Alachua’s Fourth of July celebration usually attracts more than 10,000 people, but this year the event may attract a lot more than usual.

That’s because the city’s fireworks show, an impressive display that usually lasts a half hour, may be the only fireworks this year in the Crescent Communities and even in the county.

“We really expect a big turnout this year,” said Alachua Human Resources Director and Assistant City Manager Traci Cain.

Cain said that she thinks Alachua is the only local city that will be putting on a fireworks display.

A High Springs Chamber official said that High Springs will not be having fireworks due to a lack of funding. The city of Gainesville has no fireworks listed on its monthly calendar.

Cain said that the city has been planning the event since February.

She expects almost 100 vendor booths to be set up around the Hal Brady Recreation Center.

The celebration will start at noon, with a free “Kid’s Corner” that will include water activities such as a “roaring river slide” and a “tropical slide,” Cain said.

There will also be “giant trikes,” beach volleyball, a train, a speed pitch area and a petting zoo.

Inside the air-conditioned gymnasium, there will be a fashion show, a performance by the Senior Cha-Chas and performances by Bill Rodgers and many other bands.

A rib eating contest will start at 6:45 p.m., with ribs from Newberry’s Backyard Bar-B-Q.

And the grand finale, the fireworks display, will start at 9:45 p.m.

The City Commission praised Cain for her hard work.

“You must be doing something right,” Mayor Bonnie Burgess said, “because everyone else is shutting their (fireworks) down.”

Two Fireworks Displays at National Cherry Festival in West Grand Traverse Bay Michigan

Location: TRAVERSE CITY -- West Grand Traverse Bay

State: Michigan

Date: July 4 and 11. Both are set to erupt at 10:30 p.m. those nights.

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Event website:

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Fireworks displays are planned for this year's 83rd annual National Cherry Festival on July 4 and 11. Both are set to erupt at 10:30 p.m. those nights.

"It turned out to be bookends, on the first and last days," said Tim Hinkley, Cherry Festival director.

The July 4 show is sponsored by the Grand Traverse Veteran Coalition, a group that lobbies area townships, Traverse City and Grand Traverse County to contribute to a fireworks fund to cover the cost of the annual bay holiday display. The festival pays for the finale show.

The two shows collectively cost about $36,000.

The Independence Day fireworks show grew tenuous in recent years as the poor economy and tight local government budgets hurt contributions, but local vets rolled up their sleeves and fought for the display.

"We're proud of our country and what we do and feel it's essential to do something locally for the Fourth of July," said Jack Pickard, a coalition member. "The people care and we just happen to be the group to step up to the plate and get it done."

Bruce Tyree, of East Jordan, owner of Great Lakes Fireworks, will produce both shows.

"I do have them designed differently, so it won't be the same show," he said.

Tyree travels to China each year to stock up on the latest and greatest fireworks because he's "always looking for the unique."

Spectators this year should watch for fireworks that are shot into the bay and then emerge to explode overhead, he said.

More than 1,000 firework shells will be launched during each show, Tyree said.

"That is a lot of booms," he said.

The show is paid for this year, but next July could become more of a challenge.

Acme Township chipped in about $900 this year to help pay for the Veteran's fireworks show, but may not be able to next year amid falling property values and state revenue sharing, said Wayne Kladder, township supervisor.

"We made significant cuts for next year," he said.

It's the same story with Garfield Township.

"Everybody likes fireworks on the Fourth of July. It's like apple pie and moms," said Chuck Korn, township supervisor.

Garfield Township leaders agreed to spend $2,840 on the show this year, but next year may be different. Continued funding for the fireworks show will be influenced by next year's state funding for the township, Korn said.

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Jun 26, 2009

2009 Pepsi Fireworks Spectacular Display

Location of fireworks display: Oaks Park
City:Oaks Park
Date:9:55 p.m July 4th
Show contact: 503-233-5777
Fireworks display company:

Oaks Park has a long standing tradition of hosting 4th of July fireworks, and 2009 is no different. The Pepsi Fireworks Spectacular celebration will be chalked full of cotton candy, thrill rides, and carnival games.
Hidden under the Sellwood Bridge along the Willamette River, Oaks Amusement Park, named after the very trees that can be found on the property, opened in 1905 as a trolley park. Visitors to Oregon who arrived on foot, horseback, or in early cars would stop at Oaks Park to get on trolley cars that ran on the Portland-to-Oregon-City tracks. They also enjoyed rides, roller skating, and Punch and Judy shows.
Gates for this event open at noon, and picnic spaces are first come first serve, so get there early. You can’t bring alcohol or fireworks to this event, but you can bring food, non-alcoholic beverages, and an appetite for adrenalin.
The cost for this event is $4.00 to get in the gate if you’re sixteen or over, and $2.50 for kiddos fifteen and under.
Ride bracelets are $11.75 for limited bracelets, and $14.50 for a Deluxe that gets you on to everything, although height restrictions do apply, so if kiddos aren’t tall enough, they won’t be allowed on the “scary” rides even with a bracelet.
If you don’t want to spend the whole day spinning up-side-down, ride tickets can also be purchased.
The fireworks begin at 9:55 p.m., and ride bracelets expire at midnight.
Oaks Amusement Park can be found at 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, Portland, Oregon, 97202. For more information, you can call them at 503-233-5777, or find them on the web at
Stay safe, and have a great 4th of July!
Trust me, you’re gonna’ love it!

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Jun 23, 2009

2009 Fourth of July fireworks in Washington DC

Location of fireworks display: the National Mall
City:Washington DC
Date: 9:15pm on July 4th 2009
Show contact:
Event website:
Fireworks display company:

Details: No one puts on a fireworks display like Washington DC. If you are in the city for the fourth of July, don't miss the show. The fireworks are launched from the reflecting pool by the Lincoln Memorial at 9:15pm on July 4th 2009, with a raindate of July 5th. The fireworks can be seen from a multitude of places. Here's a few locations and tips so that you can enjoy the fireworks with your family.
The first location that everyone thinks of is the National Mall. With the Washington Monument as a foreground, the Mall is an iconic place to view the show. The closest metro station to the Mall is Smithsonian station, but it's not much farther to walk from Federal Triangle or Archives-Navy Memorial stations. People camp out all day to get a good spot on the lawn of the Mall, so if you really want a good place, get there early and plan to stay all day. A word to the wise when camping out with small children, bring plenty of food and water. Other than street vendors with hotdogs and pretzels, there are no restaurants close to the Mall. If you prefer to find standing room on the streets crossing the Mall at showtime, that's a last minute option too, but remember that small children may not be able to see over the heads of the standing crowd.
With the fireworks being sent off from the reflecting pool, you can also get a good view of them from the open areas around the Lincoln Memorial, called Constitution Gardens. If you want to avoid the crowds at the Smithsonian metro station, you can take the Foggy Bottom station on the orange and blue lines. It's quite a walk to the Constitution Gardens from this stop, so make sure you have a stroller or carrier for little children who can't walk very far. Again, people camp out very early to get a good piece of ground in this area, so you need to be early to get a good view of the display.
Another option is to view the fireworks from a spot around the tidal basin. Areas like the Roosevelt Memorial Park and the steps of the Jefferson Memorial are good alternatives to the National Mall. Again, Smithsonian metro station is the closest metro stop to the basin, but it's not much farther to go to L'Enfant plaza. While these areas aren't as crowded at the National Mall, due to some views being blocked by trees, it is still crowded. However, you can afford to wait until later in the day to go to these places.
If you would like to see the fireworks from the lawn of the Capitol Building, you can get there early to enjoy a concert that is held every year at 8pm. Good seats for the concert go early and the lines for security are very long. While doors for the concert open at 3pm, plan to arrive at least 2 hours prior to the concert to make sure you can see the stage and the fireworks beyond. Federal Center metro station is the closest to the Capitol Building.
On the fourth of July, many metro stations, including Smithsonian, are one way in and one way out to make the flow of traffic easier to handle. Make sure to check the DC Metro website for information on which entrance to go in and out of. There will also be guides from the transportation department there to direct foot traffic. Listen to transportation personel and police officers to make the trip to and from the area as smooth and efficient as possible.

Providence to host Fourth fireworks display show

Location of fireworks display: India Point Park
City: Providence
State: RI
Date: Fourth of July around 9:15
Show contact: (401) 421-2489 x 752Contact Karen Southern,
Event website:
Fireworks display company:Colonial Fireworks

Details: PROVIDENCE — Fireworks will light up the capital city skies this Fourth of July, returning after last year’s display was abruptly cancelled when it was found that the incendiaries were damaging state government buildings on Smith Hill.
Mayor David N. Cicilline announced on Monday that the city will sponsor an Independence Day celebration at India Point Park in the city’s Fox Point neighborhood on July 4. The city is budgeting about $41,000 for the entire night, which is free to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m., with fireworks starting at around 9:15.
The night, which includes performances by RPM Voices, a community choral group, and the Afro-Latino sounds of the Carlos de León Band, is being paid with city revenue from the state tax on hotels, which is administered by the Providence Tourism Council.
Colonial Fireworks, of Toledo, Ohio, will shoot off this year’s fireworks display, which will take up $25,000 of the July 4th budget, or about the same as the cost of the previous year’s displays, according to Lynne McCormack, city Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism.
Another $14,700 will go toward rental of the barges where the fireworks will be launched as well as the permits required by the Coast Guard to set off fireworks in Narragansett Bay. The remainder goes toward the bands.
The city settled on India Point Park because it is the closest venue to downtown with the adequate buffer zone required for a large-scale fireworks display, said McCormack. “We decided it was important to be downtown for the economic impact and as an opportunity for the community to come together downtown,” she said.
It’s also an occasion to showcase the park, which enjoyed a $9.5-million facelift from the state Department of Transportation late last year with the opening of a new pedestrian bridge over Route 195 that connects Wickenden Street to the park and is set to receive another $1.7 million in improvements from the state DOT.
Providence held a Fourth of July fireworks display over the State House from 2005 to 2008, but that was before burns were discovered on the rooftop of the state medical examiner’s office on Orms Street and the state fire marshal’s office determined that the fireworks were not being set off far enough from buildings on Smith Hill.
The city held fireworks displays at Roger Williams Park in the South Side, and, on a few occasions, downtown for many years, until the city stopped Independence Day fireworks displays altogether in 1997, according to McCormack.

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Jun 22, 2009

Raffle supports July 4 fireworks display show

Location of fireworks display: St. Johns
City: St. Johns
State: MI
Date: 4th July 10 p.m
Show contact:
Event website:
Fireworks display company:Night magic fireworks

Details: ST. JOHNS - Fireworks will light up the skies over St. Johns again this 4th of July, thanks to the efforts of the St. Johns Rotary Club. But to make it happen, and to assure it happens again in the future, community support is needed.

"We (Rotary Club members) are selling raffle tickets to help with the costs," said Doug Beaufore, chair of the Rotary fireworks committee. "We need to raise $13,000 to cover all the expenses - the fireworks, concert, printing costs."
Raffle tickets are available from all St. Johns Rotarians. They are $3 for one ticket or two tickets for $5. All prizes are cash - $300 for first place; $200 for second; $100 for third; and $50 for fourth.
"Tickets will be drawn and winners announced after the fireworks," said Beaufore. "You do not need to be present to win."
Raffle ticket sales alone cannot pay for the Independence Day celebration. Business sponsors are needed too.
Beaufore said the number of business sponsors is down so far this year, but he is still hoping to get a positive response from more.
"Last year we had 33 business sponsors. We are hoping businesses can support the fireworks like they did last year," he said. "All business sponsorships are welcome. It's because of them and the raffle ticket sales that we are able to do this."
On July 4, the fun will begin at 8 p.m. when Flashback takes the stage at the Performance Shell in the St. Johns City Park.
"We had them here last year and the response from people was very good," said Beaufore.
The fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.
"There is plenty of lawn seating - at the Shell, by the pool, the softball and football fields, even the high school parking lot," said Beaufore.
"Night Magic, the same outfit we have used the past several years, will be handling the fireworks," said Beaufore. "They also do the Lugnuts' fireworks.
"They really do a good job, and they always bring us good weather."
One more way to support the fireworks fund is by attending the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at Applebee's of St. Johns Saturday, June 27 from 8-10 a.m. Tickets are $5 and all ticket receipts will go to the Rotary fireworks fund.

Volunteers raise $42,000 for Kailua fireworks display show

Location of fireworks display: Kailua Beach
Date:8 p.m. July 4
Show contact:261-2300
Event website:
Fireworks display company:

A Kailua Fourth of July tradition since 1948 will not die this year thanks to the efforts of volunteers, residents and businesses.

For more information on how to help with the Kailua Fourth of July fireworks show or to donate money, visit or call Brook Gramann at 261-2300. The fireworks at Kailua Beach will be held at 8 p.m. July 4.

A grassroots group called Save Kailua Fireworks said yesterday it has raised $42,000 in just one week and is confident the rest of the money needed will come in.

"We've had a phenomenal ground support," said Kailua resident David Gramann, one of the organizers of Save Kailua Fireworks. "Everybody just opened their pocket books."

Gramann said donations have come in from as far away as Europe. The largest donation came from Kazuhiko Udagawa and Hideo Mita, of Long Stay Hawaii, who gave $15,000.

"I think it's a way for people on the Windward side to come together to preserve a tradition," Dr. Robert Sussman, who donated $7,500.

Other residents and businesses, including the Castle Medical Center and Honolulu Star-Bulletin/Midweek, also contributed.

For as long as most can remember, there's been a fireworks show at Kailua Beach Park. The only year it didn't happen was in 2002 because of bad weather.

In 2003, the Kailua Chamber of Commerce decided to stop organizing the event. It was saved then by community support and this year, when the chamber again wasn't able to put it together, Gramann and other volunteers stepped in.

"I think the community involvement and perseverance is what saved the fireworks," said Windward Oahu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson. "It was the community's efforts that really paid off."

Save Kailua Fireworks still needs to raise about $10,000 more in the next two weeks. But they think they'll be able to get that amount and more.

"Kailua is a really close-knit community, and the Windward side in general really takes these types of events to heart," said state Rep. Chris Lee.

If the volunteers raise more than the goal of $52,000, it will mean a more exciting show, Gramann said. If they raise lots more, then the money will go to next year's show, which Gramann said Save Kailua Fireworks will likely organize so that the tradition will continue.

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Jun 18, 2009

Sturtevant Fireworks Display to Go On

Location of fireworks display: Sturtevant
City: Sturtevant
Date: 4th July
Show contact:; 262.412.5578.
Event website:
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STURTEVANT - While several communities are cutting budgets, some towns are doing whatever they can to save a holiday tradition.
Local communities are facing big budget cuts. The Bartolotta family says one thing they aren't giving up though, is their fireworks shows. Fireworks and the 4th of July go hand in hand. In Sturtevant, the annual display draws thousands.
Jazz Singh and his family look forward to the tradition every year. "They're always exciting. They're always good to watch."
Just a few months ago, organizers announced they'd have to cancel the big show.
"It made me feel sad that this longtime tradition could end," said organizer Linda Busha.
They aren't alone. The Bartolotta family provides fireworks for many local displays. Some communities like Sturtevant initially called to cancel, but nearly all have now come up with the money to make it happen.
"It's just one of those American traditions and you really want to give people something to look forward to and not have to continually cut things."
An outpouring of support and donations have allowed Sturtevant to raise more than $10,000 for fireworks.
The city is charging $5 to park this year, and they're hoping people support their concessions stand so they can cover the cost of the show.

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Jun 12, 2009

Community Picnic and Fireworks display show

Location of fireworks display: Humboldt County Fairgrounds
City: Humboldt
State: California
Date: 9:30pm July 4
Show contact: 707 786 4477
Event website:
Fireworks display company:

Details: Syd Lehman, President of the Garberville, Redway Chamber of Commerce, accepted a $1,000 check from John Porter, owner and managing partner of the Benbow Hotel & Resort on Monday, June 8. The check is a donation for the Community Picnic and Fireworks Spectacular Fund to keep the event going.
”We are big fans of the Community Picnic and Fireworks show,” said Porter. “We were disappointed it had to cancel last year, but we understand fire safety must come first. We want to support the annual tradition and have it continue.”
”We will have a great show this year,” added the Chamber's Executive Director, Dee Way. John O'Rourke Supervising State Park Ranger, Ed Locke, South Division Chief and Terrie Ridenhour, Battalion Chief of CAL Fire were also on hand to accept the donation. “This donation is a wonderful jump-start and we hope this inspires others to donate too,” said Lehman. “The event is fun for the whole community, you can't help but OOOH and AAAH when the fireworks start.”
The Community Picnic and Fireworks Spectacular is scheduled for Saturday, July 4 at the Benbow Lake State Park Recreation Area. There will be food, fun, music and of course, fireworks. Donations of all sizes can be made to the Garberville/ Redway Chamber of Commerce and sent to P.O. Box 445 Garberville, 95542. Also, donation boxes have been set up at many Southern Humboldt businesses.
Dee Way, Terri Ridenhour, Syd Lehman, John O'Rourke, Ed Locke and John Porter pose with a $1,000 check donated by John Porter, owner and managing partner of the Benbow Hotel & Resort. The check is a donation to the Community Picnic and Fireworks Spectacular Fund.

Fireworks display a go for Independence Day

Location of fireworks display:Morgan Hill Community Park
City: Morgan Hill
Date: 4th July
Show contact:408) 79-1776
Event website:
Fireworks display company:Independence Day Inc.,

Details: The fireworks are on for this year's Independence Day celebration, after months of fundraising efforts by event organizers who worried that the city's inability to contribute its usual share of donations, and the tight economic situation overall, would eliminate a favorite attribute of Morgan Hill's holiday festivities.Annual Independence Day events in Morgan Hill which consist of the biggest Fourth of July parade in Santa Clara County, a downtown street dance, a car show and fireworks are organized Independence Day Inc., a nonprofit organization.All this year's events will go as scheduled, even though IDI is still in need of thousands of dollars in donations, as well as volunteer assistance, according to IDI President Brigitte Heiser."I have personally signed the fireworks contract," Heiser said, assuring revelers they will get to enjoy the usual pyrotechnic extravaganza they are used to on the evening of July 4 at Morgan Hill Community Park.And it will be the "full-blown fireworks show, with no caveats," added IDI fundraising chair Rich Gamboa. "We've had a favorable fundraising experience with the businesses and individuals in town," he added, though more is needed for other events on the holiday weekend calendar.With the struggling economy this year, IDI had more difficulty than usual setting up the events. The city of Morgan Hill, facing its own revenue shortfalls, cut the $11,000 seed money it usually donates in January.Independence Day organizers are still seeking donations to pay down their own working deficit, and will continue to do so up until the holiday, Heiser said.The organization has so far raised "in the area of $20,000" for the events, "Which is not where we need to be," Heiser said. The group recently sent out personal donation request letters to the city's residents, and some large sponsors have kicked in substantial contributions."The community has really stepped up," noted Heiser, adding that in the past the organization has continued to receive donations even after the holiday."A lot of contributors see the fireworks and the parade, and they realize what a gift they've been given," Heiser said.And despite the shortfall of funds, parade organizers promise the city's flagship Independence Day event will be as big as usual."We have a lot of new entries that people haven't seen before, and some surprises for the spectators," said IDI parade committee chair Bob Hunt.This year's parade will feature about 150 entries. The grand marshal is former mayor Dennis Kennedy, Hunt said.The parade committee has scaled back its budget due to the lack of funds. Having raised about $6,300 so far this year, organizers expect the parade to cost about $23,000. And that had to be revised downward from an initial budget of $34,000, Hunt said.Furthermore, the parade is almost entirely conducted by volunteers, and Hunt noted that volunteer help is still needed.MH Independence Day schedule of eventsJune 26 - Firecracker Golf Classic - Eagle Ridge July 3 - 6 p.m. Patriotic Sing - Britton SchoolJuly 3 - 7 p.m. Street Dance - Downtown Morgan HillJuly 4 - 7:45 a.m. 5K Race/Walk - Parade RouteJuly 4 - 9 a.m. Liberty Parade CruiseJuly 4 - 9 a.m. Pre-Parade EntertainmentJuly 4 - 10 a.m. ParadeJuly 4 - Liberty Car ShowJuly 4 - Fireworks To send donations, volunteer or contact: Independence Day Incorporated, P.O. Box 1776, Morgan Hill, CA 95038; Parade committee (408) 79-1776;

Arlington moving July Fourth fireworks display show downtown

Location of fireworks display: downtown Arlington
City: Arlington
State: Virginia creeper
Date: 9 a.m. July 4
Show contact:
Event website:
Fireworks display company: Fireworks presented by Chesapeake Energy

Details: ARLINGTON — The city’s Independence Day fireworks show will be held downtown this year instead of at Lake Arlington.The celebration, called Light Up Arlington, is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. July 3 near City Hall and the University of Texas at Arlington.The move from the west side of town will allow more people to participate in the free event and see the fireworks show, which is scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. from atop the eight-story Municipal Office Tower. The event will also include live music at the Levitt Pavilion, children’s activities and vendors.The celebration started in 2007 to mark Lake Arlington’s 50th anniversary. About 5,000 spectators came the first year, but the crowds tripled last year, causing public safety and traffic concerns.Downtown is also the site of the annual Independence Day Parade. This year’s parade begin at 9 a.m. July 4 and is expected to have more than 3,000 participants.Online:,

Fireworks display show will go on after all in Ahwatukee

Location of fireworks display: Ahwatukee
City: Phoenix
State: AZ
Date: 9 p.m. July 3
Show contact:
Event website:
Fireworks display company:

Details: The Ahwatukee Foothills is getting its July 3 fireworks show after all.
A last-minute fundraising push, assisted by Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, brought in the last $5,000 the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce needed to schedule the $25,000 show at the Ahwatukee Country Club.
"When I found out we might not be getting the fireworks, I was disappointed for myself and for my family," said DiCiccio, who lives in Ahwatukee with his wife and two daughters.
"We are in such tough times we need to have these events and stay together as a community."
The free show is scheduled for 9 p.m. July 3 at the golf course, 12432 S 48th St.
The chamber has co-sponsored Independence Day fireworks shows at Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, south of Ahwatukee on the Gila River Indian Community, since 2005. This year community residents circulated petitions to have the show in Ahwatukee.
In April, the chamber announced plans for the July 3 show, giving the business organization only a short time to come up with the money it needed.
A week ago plans for the show were in limbo, when chamber officials found out it would cost $25,000 - $5,000 more than planned because of high city permit and security fees.
Terri Kimble, chamber president and chief executive officer, said at a Tuesday morning press conference that a couple of large checks from donors who wish to remain anonymous, as well as small amounts from Ahwatukee families, helped the organization reach its goal.
"This speaks volumes about what Ahwatukee is all about," she said. "Ahwatukee is awesome."
Kimble, who joined the chamber in April, said after the press conference that she had been "a little bit nervous" about raising so much money so quickly.
"When we started this project we started with zero," she said. "But we listened to the community and took their request to bring the fireworks back to heart.
"The community of Ahwatukee really stepped up to the plate. Even the Ahwatukee Little League donated a dollar for every child who is on the team."

Organizers appeal for donations for Oceanfest fireworks display show

Location of fireworks display: Oceanfest
City :Long Branch
State: NJ
Date:4th July 9:30PM.
Show contact:7322220400
Event website:
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Details: LONG BRANCH — For the last 18 years, the annual Oceanfest July 4 celebration -- often trumpeted by the state's tourism Web site as among the state's biggest and best free celebrations of the nation's independence -- has served like a giant welcome sign.
Long Branch is clean, it is bursting with activity and most of all, it is safe, Oceanfest organizers said, as every year, more and more people came to the city, saw its emerging redevelopment and vowed to return to spend more money here.
And the virtual sign was punctuated by a huge fireworks explosion over the ocean, a fireworks display so significant that it often took more than a dozen corporate sponsors to pick up the tab.
Now the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce says that while corporate sponsors still are still participating, with the current economy they just can't afford to pay as much as they did in prior years.
The chamber now is hoping the public will make up the difference and send donations to the chamber office or take advantage of collection boxes the organization is putting up all over the city.
"We have done everything possible to cut costs without affecting the quality of the event and visitor enjoyment,'' said Susan Woolley, assistant chamber director in a prepared release. "Asking for public support for the fireworks was really a last resort, but we have no other option this year."'
Oceanfest originally was conceived as a family-friendly way to encourage people to return to the city, which had been in decline for many years.
This year, the 19th annual Oceanfest celebration is scheduled to take place on the city's oceanfront, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4, featuring entertainment, games and competitions, ending with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Mayor Adam Schneider said appealing directly to the public is not a bad idea.
"I knew things were doing to be tough, but I also know they will put it on this year,'' he said.
No matter how tight the economy is, Schneider pledged, the city would do what was necessary "now and in the foreseeable future to make sure it gets done.''
"There is no doubt in my mind that fireworks will happen this year and it is because people will step up to the plate and contribute even small dollars that will eventually add up to large dollars,'' said Councilman Anthony Giordano.
Donations may be sent to the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 628, Long Branch, NJ 07740. More information on Oceanfest and available sponsorship opportunities is available by calling the chamber at (732) 222-0400 or Allen Consulting at (732) 946-2711.

Greenwood’s summer fireworks display show asking for help

Location of fireworks display: Whittington Park.
City: Greenwood
State: MS
Date: 26th June
Show contact: chamber at 453-4152.
Event website:
Fireworks display company :
Details:Fireworks lovers are being called on to help support Greenwood’s annual summer show in Whittington Park.
“Stars and Stripes in the Park,” sponsored by the Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for June 26. It begins at dark.The event receives some public money but relies heavily on private donations. Beth Stevens, the chamber’s executive director, said many individuals and organizations have cut their giving for the show this year because of the tight economy. On top of that, the price of fireworks is up 30 percent, she said.Those factors prompted a “Save Our Fireworks!” campaign. Cans are being placed at businesses around town to collect money, and funds are now being accepted at the chamber.“This is a free community event, and we certainly want to keep it that way,” Stevens said.
Prior to the fireworks, the Greenwood Community Concert Band will perform patriotic favorites as always, and Under the Gun, a local Southern rock group, will also play. Stevens said she is working on booking a gospel group.Food vendors will be present, and attendees are welcome to bring picnic meals as well.Games and inflatables will be set up for children.To make a donation, call the chamber at 453-4152.

La Jolla's annual Fourth of July fireworks display show been saved

Location of fireworks display: La Jolla Cove.
City: La Jolla
State: CA
Date: 4th July
Show contact:
Event website:
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Details:La Jolla's annual Fourth of July Cove fireworks display has been saved.A last-minute Internet drive has raised the $27,000 needed to resurrect the event canceled two weeks ago because of the recession and rising permitting and other costs."Fireworks must go on and will," said La Jolla business consultant Adam Harris, who spearheaded the 11th hour Internet campaign, with networking assistance from Deborah Marengo, to raise the funds necessary to stage the signature community event. "We don't have a final accounting but we met our goal - exceeded it."Asked whether the fireworks display is a "go" for Independence Day, La Jolla restaurateur George Hauer, who has co-hosted the event for 24 years with the cooperation of First Republic Bank, said, "It is."Hauer, however, cautioned that there's a lot of leg work left to be done to prepare for the event which is just a little over three weeks away."There are a lot of details-- fending, $1,000 signs for street closing, hiring a security company, getting insurance coverage, etc. -- that go along with this," he said. "And you have to have the right (nonprofit) entity to receive the money. There's a lot to do, but we're going to get it done."Hauer credited Marengo's public relations expertise in fundraising. "She raised over $20,000," he said. "Adam ws the guy who started it, but Deborah was the one going out into the community. Without what she did we wouldn't have fireworks."On Friday, Harris set up the Web site,, to spread the word and seek donations.Harris said more than 50 individual contributions to the fund."There's been a lot of local businesses contributing and multifamily donations as well as anonymous donors," he said. "We want to maximize donations as much as possible so that we can perpetuate a fund."Harris started the drive to save La Jolla's fireworks display because he was saddened to lose an event that had been part of his youth."I'm flabbergasted," said Hauer on Monday before the drive reached its goal. "This guy (Harris) is a bloody hero." Hauer said he had talked with city officials and the fireworks company telling them to be ready to go should the community fundraising drive succeed.Hauer announced May 29 the recession and rising permit costs and city fees were forcing him to take a "hiatus" from hosting Independence Day fireworks this year.Deborah Marengo, who helped Harris network his fundraising drive, said it's been great to see the community come together to "raise this kind of money so quickly."Marengo was surprised at the number of people who weren't aware the community event had been canceled. "It could have been an unfortunate day," she said. "We're very grateful for those who contributed that could."She added this drive is the beginning of something new. "This is not a one-time situation," she said. "We need to sit down with a group of people and establish Save The La Jolla Fireworks as a nonprofit and continue the fundraising every year."Contributions are being handled through the local nonprofit group, the La Jolla Community Foundation (a partner of The San Diego Foundation), whose mission is to preserve and enhance La Jolla for future generations. Hauer is a member of the foundation board as is Light publisher Phyllis Pfeiffer.

Fireworks Display triple header planned in Floyd County for July 4 weekend

Location of fireworks display: Floyd County Padlock Mountain Road
City: Cave Spring
State : Virginia
Date: 3th July 9 p.m.
Show contact :
Event website:
Fireworks display company:
Details: Floyd County residents won’t have to travel far to get their share of fireworks shows this Independence Day holiday.First, Cave Spring will have a display the evening of July 3 at a field across Padlock Mountain Road from the city pool. The Rome Braves also plan to have fireworks that evening at State Mutual Stadium.Then, on July 4, the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority will have fireworks as part of a celebration at Ridge Ferry Park on Riverside Parkway.Also on Independence Day morning is Cave Spring’s annual parade.Rome’s July 4 event at Ridge Ferry Park begins at 1 p.m. with live music from several local bands; children’s activities such as a water slide, obstacle course and climbing wall; contests including watermelon eating and hula hoop; and classic summer foods. The show starts at 5 p.m. with music from Francisco Vidal and Stevie Monce, Southern Thunder and KneckDown. After the fireworks show, KneckDown will perform again. The fireworks will likely start soon after 9 p.m.Parking and admission are free, but spectators should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Trails will be closed from Burrell Creek to Ridge Ferry Stage on July 4 for the fireworks display set-up.

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Jun 11, 2009

4th of Juy Fireworks Display Tradition continues in Hollister

Location of fireworks display: Taney County
City: Hollister
State: California
Date: 4TH JULY
Show contact: Hollister Fireworks FundCall 417- 337- 8315
Event website:
Fireworks display company: Pyrotechnic Don Klein
Details: On July 4th, 2009 area residents, visiting families, and Branson area tourists will witness the oldest fireworks display in Taney County. The City of Hollister celebrates its 56th year of spectacular firework shows. This 4th of July Show has become an annual tradition, with many families and visitors to the City of Hollister and the Tri-Lakes Area.
Pyrotechnic Don Klein,of the Hollister Parks Department and Western Taney County Fire Protection District personnel have completed training in safety and show technique for executing a spectacular hand lit fireworks show.
A special aerial salute will pay tribute to Pyrotechnic Chad A Fuqua who was killed in August 2008. 3-D glasses to enhance the bright sky experience will be available, for a nominal contribution to the Fireworks Fund, at Town Hall or from a boot passer the night of July 4th.
Patriotic music will be played during the Fireworks Show on KRZK.
Bring your family, friends, portable radios, lawn chairs, blankets & non-alcoholic drinks and snacks and enjoy the show!
The City of Hollister fireworks are funded entirely by donations from residents and business in the Hollister, Branson, and Tri-Lakes Area. This year will be no exception, your continued support is critical.
Please make a contribution by mailing a check to:
Hollister Fireworks FundCity of HollisterPO Box 638Hollister, MO 65673

The biggest and best fireworks display ever as the Laurel

Location of fireworks display: Thomson Park
City: Laurel
State: MT
Date: 4TH JULY
Show contact:(301)725-0088
Event website:
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Laurel does have fireworks ... and this may be the biggest and best fireworks display ever as the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department celebrates its 100th Birthday.There was some concern last year that the construction of the new Laurel High School Sports Complex, with its artificial playing surface, might displace the fireworks show and mean an end to the Laurel tradition.“Not so,” according to Fireworks Committee Chairman Scott Wilm. “We will move the area where we discharge fireworks from the football field to the soccer field west of Graff School. We will be able to put on a spectacular aerial display this year as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Laurel Fire Department.”The change in location will mean some changes for spectators watching the display this year. The soccer field area used to be available for spectator seating. Now, that area won't be available, but the outfield in Thomson Park Baseball Field will be opened to spectators.There will also be space available to spectators along the north side of East Eighth Street in front of the high school.The Outlook will publish a site map in its July 1 issue showing the designated spectator locations.
Wilm said this year's show will include 2,000-3,000 aerial shots and he expects the show to last 45 minutes to an hour. As a result of the change in location of the fireworks display, the ground displays won't be as extensive as they have been in the past, but the aerial shots will more than make up for it,” he said.Del Henman will be back with Big Mo's Rock and Roll Show to provide entertainment before the fireworks light up the skies over Laurel. The music starts at 6 pm. and continues through the end of the fireworks display.Wilm advised spectators to come early because seating will be more limited this year than in past years.The Fire Department has designed special commemorative t-shirts and baseball caps with the theme “On call since 1909.” They will be available to purchase at the park on July 4.
Firemen will begin door-to-door raffle ticket sales next week, Monday through Friday, from 6 pm. to 9 pm. Tickets are available from any LVFD fireman. Tickets are 50 for $20 or 10 for $5. Starting June 22, tickets may be dropped off at Reese and Ray's IGA, Laurel Police station, Ricci's Express, Laurel Auto, Laurel City Hall, Sid's Place and the Caboose Saloon.Prizes include a laptop computer; a pair of Comfort Fuji Mountain Bikes; half a beef, cut and wrapped; a pellet barbecue grill; an original painting; a $500 photography gift certificate; a guided fishing trip; a recliner; a Nintendo Wii ; a spa day pass; several gift baskets; and a three-month membership at Circuit Women in Fitness in Laurel.The winners of the raffle drawings will be drawn and announced before the fireworks display on July 4. A list of winners will be published in the Laurel Outlook.

June 24 The 51st Annual Target Fireworks Display

Location of fireworks display: Detroit International Riverfront.
State: Michigan
Date: June 24, 10:06 p.m
Show contact:The Parade Company at 313-432-7831
Event website:
Fireworks display company: Zambelli Fireworks Internationale

Details: Load the picnic basket and cue the pyrotechnics. The 51st Annual Target Fireworks will be held June 24, promptly at 10:06 p.m.
Keeping with tradition, the fireworks will be staged by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale with more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects exploding along the Detroit International Riverfront.
The Parade Company will also host its official VIP "Rooftop Party” from 6 – 11 p.m. atop the Miller Parking Garage. Benefit tickets are $175 for adults and $75 for children ages 6 and under. The party is a fundraiser for the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation, which funds the fireworks and America’s Thanksgiving Parade.
The party includes: meeting Iron Chef Michael Symon; a visit with Detroit Lions mascot, Roary; music and dancing.
Contact The Parade Company at 313-432-7831 to purchase tickets.

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Let's Light Up St. Marys Fireworks Display In July!!

Location of fireworks display: St. Marys Country Club
City: St. Marys
State: PA
Date: July 3.
Show contact: St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce 814-718-3804
Event website:
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Details:The economy is affecting everything and community celebrations are no different.Sally Wilson, executive director of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is trying to be proactive when it comes to the community's firework display July 3. The chamber has been doing the show in St. Marys for more than 20 years.In the past about 95 percent of the costs for the fireworks have come from area companies. This year many those companies are facing hard times because of the problems within the automobile manufacturers and those local companies may not be able to give the donations they have in the past. Because of this the chamber is reaching out to the community. Many companies in St. Marys produce parts or treat parts for automobiles. The number of people laid off makes it difficult for companies to continue to make donations, Wilson said.The fireworks display costs $16,000 and the chamber is starting with a balance of $2,000.To raise additional money this year there will be a Fireworks Friday event.It came about when the owner of The Village Peddler offered to hold a lasagna dinner to help the chamber raise money for the fireworks. The offer led to the plan to expand it into a Fireworks Friday event."We don't want to reduce the show so we are trying to come up with creative ways to raise money," Wilson said.The lasagna dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 19. It will also be the day a concert will be held as part of the Summer Concert Series. The band "Plain and Simple" will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Erie Avenue/Depot Street area.The chamber is also encouraging other businesses to run promotions that day and donate proceeds to the fireworks and to stay open later that night.

Tucson's Fourth of July fireworks display show has been saved

Location of fireworks display: Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave
City: Tucson
State: Arizona
Date: 4th July
Show contact: 520-791-4101
Event website:
Fireworks display company :

Details:Tucson's Fourth of July fireworks show has been saved, thanks to some generous Tucson businesses, local tribes and anonymous donors. Even though the controversy over not celebrating the nation's birthday in the city was short-lived, we hope Tucson leaders are feeling sufficiently burned.The way City Hall announced that the annual fireworks display atop "A" Mountain was being cancelled was an embarrassment. It showed that city leaders are apparently out of touch and don't know how to ask for help when they need it.The Star's Rob O'Dell reported Thursday that city officials said they couldn't afford the $34,000 to put on the show, which has taken place every year since 1984.Instead of starkly announcing that it didn't have the money and the show was off, the city should reached out to the community for help.It didn't, but by Thursday afternoon, Tucson Electric Power Co., the Arizona Builders Alliance, Cox Communications, the Tohono O'odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, among others, pitched in to make sure the show will go on.We applaud these organizations and other anonymous donors for keeping this holiday tradition alive.From the start, we didn't give the city's pleas of poverty much credence. Certainly, the city is going through a budget crunch due to the struggling economy, but this was more a case of misplaced priorities.As they announced the fireworks cancellation, city officials also told O'Dell that they would continue to support other community events with more than $300,000 in contributions. Those events include festivals open to everyone but that specifically recognize African-American, Mexican-American or Native American communities.We believe the city should sponsor July Fourth fireworks because it is an event that is quintessentially American — no hyphen needed. It's probably the most inclusive annual event the city funds, so eliminating it simply didn't make sense.O'Dell reported that only Councilwoman Karin Uhlich spoke strongly against canceling the fireworks. "It's a significant tradition," Uhlich said. "We need to find a way to host this celebration."We agree, and we're glad others did, too.When one considers the size of the city budget, $34,000 is a pittance. This week the City Council tentatively approved a $1.3 billion budget for fiscal 2010. The city would have to stage 382 fireworks shows — more than one a day — to spend the equivalent of 1 percent of its budget.The 2010 budget also includes a handful of tax hikes that City Manager Mike Letcher and council members said are necessary to preserve programs people want.If city leaders are so concerned about giving the people what they want, they sure went about it the wrong way. People want fireworks.The pyrotechnics display draws thousands and thousands of families to the Downtown area and the roads around "A" Mountain. A couple of years ago, we saw cars lining South Mission Road and West Starr Pass Boulevard as we made our way to a family gathering to watch the fireworks.One hour after the show, cars were still bumper to bumper all over the West Side as families headed home.The fireworks surely generate good sales-tax revenues as families buy food and drinks to pass the time before and after the show.For $34,000, we believe the city gets a lot of bang for its buck.Then there's the issue of civic pride. It seems Tucson is too willing to surrender its regional leadership.If Tucson hadn't put on a show, Marana would have been the only local municipality to host a display. No doubt, many Tucsonans would have made the drive to the Northwest Side. They may have wondered why Marana was able to put on a show — and why Tucson could not.An annual fireworks show is something Tucson's leaders should point to with pride. It gives Tucsonans another reason to love their city and make them glad they live here instead of in outlying communities.Sometimes is seems as if Tucson wants to make itself less attractive to new residents and existing ones.This episode proved one thing. Even in bad economic times, Tucson should be willing to light many bright, loud, colorful candles on our nation's birthday.

Marietta Fireworks Display Show Up In The Air

Location of fireworks display: First United Methodist Church
City :Marietta
State: Georgia
Date : 4th July 9:30 p.m
Show contact: Marietta Parks and Recreation at 770-794-5601
Event website:
Fireworks display company:

Details: There might not be any lights in the sky for the Fourth of July in Marietta this year because there isn't the funding to pay for it.
The treasurer of the Washington County Fair Board, David Tornes, says the fair board pays for the Fourth of July fireworks each year.
Currently they don't have enough money to pay for the display.
Tornes said "We need around $2,000 more in order to meet what we need to do to have the fireworks this year."
The board needs to have sponsorships or donations by their next meeting which is this Thursday at the clubhouse on the fairgrounds in order to have the fireworks. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
You can also call the board office and leave a message at 740-373-1347.

Donors keeping Norwich July 4th celebration alive

Location of fireworks display: Howard T. Brown Memorial Park
City: Norwich
State: CT
Date: 9:30 p.m. July 4
Show contact: Norwich Fourth of July Fireworks Committee860-886-6363 Event website:
Fireworks display company: Atlas PyroVision
Details:Norwich, Conn. — Real estate agent Mary Miskiewicz was not going to see the city’s Fourth of July fireworks fizzle this year simply because the economy and time were working against them.
“The fireworks are a tradition,” she said. “They’re a reminder of community spirit. They’re a great way to bring people down to the harbor. I love them.”
Miskiewicz, owner and broker at Mary Miskiewicz Real Estate for 32 years, has joined the growing number of businesses and individuals who have donated in an effort to raise $50,000, or as close as they can get, to keep the decades-long tradition at the harbor going.
As of midweek, the total stood at $17,257.69, about 34 percent of the way there with a month to go. Greg Allard of American Ambulance, who is coordinating the effort for the Norwich Fourth of July Committee, said their goal of 100 donations of $350 is gaining steam.
“We’ve had about 20 donations of that amount,” he said Tuesday. “We’ve had three or four for greater, and quite a few for less.”
The show is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. July 4. Allard said their contractor, Atlas PyroVision of Jaffrey, N.H., is working closely with them on the size of a show, and has offered a discount, based on the amount of money they are able to raise.
Atlas features Norwich prominently on its promotional Web site, along with clients that include the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. General Manager Matt Shea said the company has enjoyed a long association with the city.
“We’ve been involved with them since about 1997, and the people of Norwich have had some of the best fireworks displays that the state of Connecticut has had to offer,” Shea said.
“Unfortunately over the past year, corporate sponsorships have been (declining). These are hard times.”
But he also believes the economy will have the odd effect of giving a sponsor’s dollars more impact locally.
“People are staying home this year,” he said. “It’s a strange years. I think the event will have more people. Sponsors could have higher visibility than they’ve ever had.”

How to give
Contributions of any amount for the city’s July 4 fireworks celebration may be sent to Norwich Fourth of July Fireworks Committee, P.O. Box 951, Norwich, CT 06360-0951

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Tucson’s July 4th fireworks display are back on

Location of fireworks display: A mountain
City: Tucson
State: AZ.
Date: July 4. 9 p.m.
Show contact: Mayor's office at 791-4201 or the Ward III Council Office at 791-4711
Event website:
Fireworks display company:??

Details: Responding to hundreds of complaints, the City of Tucson has decided to un-cancel the annual fireworks celebration at A mountain.According to a press release by the City, in the last 24 hours, Mayor Bob Walkup and City Councilmember Karin Uhlich secured commitments of more than $65,000 for the 4th of July Celebration from:Pascua Yaqui Tribe - $20,000Desert Diamond Casino - $10,000Tucson Electric Power - $10,000Cox Communications - $10,000Arizona Builder's Alliance - $3,000Several anonymous donors - $12,500Funds collected in addition to what is necessary for this year's celebration will be put in a dedicated fund for future 4th of July celebrations. Additional contributions to the effort can be made by contacting either the Mayor's office at 791-4201 or the Ward III Council Office at 791-4711."Tucsonans will be able to enjoy the celebration of our nation's independence with a fantastic fireworks display," said Uhlich. "I am extremely grateful to our private donors for stepping up to the plate in such a significant way."Stated Mayor Walkup, "The coming together of the private sector with the public sector to ensure we can celebrate the 4th of July together, illustrates the strength of our community. The show will go on!"

Paso Robles Raises Enough Cash for 4th Fireworks Display Show

Location of fireworks display: Barney Schwartz Park of HWY 46 East
City: Paso Robles
State: CA
Date: 4th July
Show contact: (805) 227-PASO (7276)
Event website:
Fireworks display company:???

Details:The City of Paso Robles has raised enough cash to bring back it's annual fireworks show. The show will be held on the 4th of July at Barney Schwartz Park of HWY 46 East. The entire event costs $75,000. For the past 8 years, a group of private donors have funded the actual fireworks, which cost $40,000. The city has funded the remaining $35,000. This year, however, due to financial strains Paso Robles could not pay for it's portion, so the community rallied together to help raise the extra funds. The event is free to the public and will include a children's costume contest.For more information, go to

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Jun 4, 2009

Last Year for McIntire 4th of July Fireworks Display Festival

Location of fireworks display: River Parks,21st Street Bridge
City: Tulsa
Date: 4th July 9:30 p.m
Show contact: River Parks at (918) 596-2001
Event website:
Fireworks display company:??

Details:The group that puts on a show every Independence Day in McIntire Park says it's throwing in the towel.The Save the Fireworks committee says after this July 4 th it will no longer be in charge of the festival. The group says a tough economy and fundraising problems are to blame.But they hope a corporation or Charlottesville and Albemarle County will step in to keep the show going. Dave Phillips, a member of the committee, said, "We pretty much have a turn key operation that we would be willing to turn over at no charge to that group and let them run it."Charlottesville and Albemarle County leaders say they are open to the idea of a partnership to run the festival.The event costs about $40,000 each year.

Tulsa's largest free fireworks display on the Fourth of July

Location of fireworks display:River Parks,21st Street Bridge
City: Tulsa
State: Ohio
Date: 4th July 9:30 p.m
Show contact: River Parks at (918) 596-2001
Event website:
Fireworks display company:
Details:Tulsa - Despite some funding trouble, the Tulsa fireworks display is getting the green light. Corporate sponsors have stepped forward to pay for the display.OneOK is this year's big donor and is now the title sponsor of the event. But the River Parks also need your help paying for the extras.For the River Parks Authority, the 4th of July fireworks show is the largest single day event of the year. An estimated crowd of 80,000 people will line the banks of the river. The fireworks show has been produced by the River Parks authority since 1974. No tax dollars are used to pay for the show. It's corporate sponsors who foot the bill.This year, when several of those sponsors dropped out, funding for the celebration dropped by $65,000. That's when the OneOK company stepped up and increased their donation to $35,000.Tonja Pitzer with River Parks Authority says, "This even would not have happened this year without OneOK. Absolutely essential."But they are still asking the public to donate money. An envelope will arrive in the June utility bills. The extra money would pay for things like a military fly over, sky divers, and some live entertainment."Entertainment activities for kids, and items that are absolutely essential like street closings, TPD security, and Porta Johns. That's why the budget is so high."What do people say about donating to the fireworks show?Danielle Crister likes the fireworks. "I just think it's something for the community, and if you have money to go, it's something everyone will enjoy."Amber Bishop agrees. "I would absolutely donate money because I think it's a great event that brings out community together. It's something we can be proud of."Last year, when the River Parks asked for donations for the fireworks they raised $7,400. They hope to raise $18,000 this year. But even if they don't raise a lot, the fireworks will go on, because that part of the July 4th celebration is paid.

Fourth of July Elver Park Fireworks Display

Location of fireworks display: Elver Park
City: Madison
State: WI
Date: 3th July
Show contact: 608-273-1000
Event website:
Fireworks display company: Madison Fireworks Fund, Inc.

Details: MADISON, Wis. -- The high cost of security is prompting sponsors of the Fourth of July Elver Park fireworks to celebrate on July 3 instead.Under a Madison police union agreement, the city of Madison must pay officers triple time, and guarantee eight hours of work if they work on July 4.The Elver fireworks' main sponsor, Midwest Family Broadcasting, said that means the security bill alone has been the event's highest cost in recent years."After three years of having to do it that way, it's just not cost beneficial for people to support something that is that expensive for that short amount of time," said Tom Walker, president of Midwest Family Broadcasting. "So by moving it off the holiday, the security costs are a third of what they would be, and then we can make the event basically paid for itself."Midwest Family Broadcasting said that because of this year's fireworks moving to Friday, July 3, security costs will go from $40,000 to $13,333 -- roughly a third of the cost.Dollars and cents are on the minds of Rhythm and Booms organizers as well."If there ever was a year where Rhythm and Booms is important, it's this year," said Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. "People are hunkered down. We are seeing record attendance at our zoo, record attendance at parks and one of the big reasons why is that because they're free, just like Rhythm and Booms."Rhythm and Booms is set for Saturday, June 27, at Warner Park. Fireworks that night will begin at 9:30 p.m.

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Jun 3, 2009

Celebrate Independence Day at the Fireworks Display Extravaganza on Barren River Lake

Location of fireworks display:Barren River Lake State Park.
City:Bowling Green
Date:4th July
Show contact:
Event website:
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Details: Celebrate Independence Day at the Fireworks Extravaganza on Barren River Lake on July 4! Thanks to contributions received from citizens and businesses in Allen, Barren and Warren Counties, America’s birthday will be celebrated in grand style at the State Park.Upon learning that state funding was eliminated for fireworks events at state parks across Kentucky, the Friends of Barren River Lake, Inc. took the local event and started a fund-raising campaign. The Friends group is a 501 (c) 3 organization made up of people interested in the betterment of Barren River Lake and encompasses activities for water safety, visitor safety, environmental, conservation and educational issues, and recreational activities at Barren River Lake.It will be a great weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July in Glasgow and Barren County. On Friday, July 3, the Tenth Annual Concert on The Square with the Louisville Orchestra will begin at 7:00pm in downtown Glasgow!

Table Rock forth of July fireworks display

Location of fireworks display:Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob
City: Springfield
State: MO
Date: Fourth of July
Show Contact: 858-6330.
Event Website:
Fireworks display company:

The Fire and Thunder Golf Tournament is scheduled Saturday at Kings River Golf Course, near Shell Knob.The event, sponsored by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and Kings River Golf Course, supports the July 4 annual fireworks display over Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob.The Fire & Thunder Golf Tournament is a four-person scramble for men and women. The 18-hole Kings River Golf Course, on Lake Road 39-72, will host the 9 a.m. shot-gun start. The course is on a long peninsula of Table Rock Lake.The $50 per person entry fee includes golf cart use, lunch, prizes for winning teams, door prizes and additional contest prizes. Two $100 cash prizes will be awarded: one for closest to the pin and one for the longest drive. One player will win an airplane ride over Table Rock Lake.For information or to enter a team call Kings River Golf Course at 858-6330.

A spectacular fireworks display and traditional concert in Boston

Location of fireworks display: Charles River Esplanade
City: Boston
Date:Fourth of July 8:00PM
Show Contact:
Event Website:
Fireworks display company: Rozzi fireworks

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Fourth of July celebration will include a performance by Neil Diamond, whose "Sweet Caroline" is an anthem of sorts for Red Sox fans.
Diamond will join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for the traditional concert and fireworks spectacular on the Charles River Esplanade. That's not far from Fenway Park, where fans sing along with "Sweet Caroline" during every game and where Diamond played a concert last summer.
Sponsors say about half a million people attend the free July 4 show each year. The final hour will be televised nationally by CBS from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT.

Great! Status of 4th of July firework displays in Polk County cities

This is the status of firework displays in Polk County cities:
Auburndale: Still needs about $3,300 to have the $7,500 firework display the city usually has on Lake Ariana. The city is looking for donations from the public to help make up the difference.
Bartow: The city's Star Spangled Tribute to America will take place from 3:45 TO 9:30 p.m. July 4 at Mosaic Park. The cost of fireworks last year was $12,000 and the budget is expected to remain around that number this year.
Dundee: Lighting up the Shore of Lake Marie will take place from 3 to 10 p.m. July 4, including a $20,000 fireworks display, games and live music.
Eagle Lake: The city's Hometown Patriotic Celebration will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. June 27. It includes a $5,000 fireworks display, music, games and food.
Fort Meade: The usual $10,000 fireworks display has been cancelled this year because of costs. The city will still have an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration which will include food, games and events from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 4 to 2:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Recreation Center on U.S. 98 East.
Frostproof: As of right now, neither the Chamber of Commerce nor the city has the money for a fireworks display. A youth group is working on acquiring the money.
Haines City: Thunder on the Ridge at Lake Eva Park will take place July 4. It will include a fireworks display, games, food and music with The Commodores as the main performers.
Lake Hamilton: The Light up the Sky for the Fourth of July Celebration will be held from at 3 p.m. to dark July 4 at Bruce Martin Ball Field. The event includes a $7,500 fireworks display.
Lakeland: The city's usual Fourth of July celebration Red, White and Kaboom at Lake Mirror Park has been canceled due to the cost that usually runs between $20,000 and $25,000 each year. Fireworks will still take place at Joker Marchant Stadium after the baseball game on July 4.
Lake Wales: The Independence Day Celebration on Lake Wailes will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. July 4 and include a $10,000 fireworks display.
Mulberry: The decision about a fireworks display is still up in the air and will most likely be made at Thursday's city meeting. The cost is still unknown.
Winter Haven: Rock n' Freedom Fest will take place July 3 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Lake Silver. It will include a $12,500 fireworks display. The city has its celebration the day before the holiday to receive a reduced rate on the fireworks.

Effort Underway to Save Mankato July 4 fireworks display

Location of fireworks display: Blakeslee Stadium
City: Mankato
State: Minnesota
Date:4th July 10 p.m
Show Contact: 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD)
Event Website:
Fireworks display company:

An effort is underway to save Mankato's fireworks display.Radio Mankato is offering to pick up the tab - which will be about 15 thousand dollars total. However, Radio Mankato says it can't do it without the help of area residents.Last week Greater Mankato Growth announced it would not be funding the yearly celebration because it no longer fit its organization's priorities.The City of Mankato can only assist by providing traffic control along with some limited funding, but that does not cover the fireworks expense.The seven-station group, which includes KTOE and Minnesota 93 will hold a number of events to help raise that money.

For MSU events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

July 3 fireworks display plan at the Ahwatukee still in limbo

Location of fireworks display: Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St.
City:Ahwatukee Foothills
Date:3th July
Show Contact:Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, (480) 753-7676
Event Website:
Fireworks display company:??
Details: The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is still not certain whether it can afford a planned July 3 fireworks display at the Ahwatukee Country Club.
On Monday, Terri Kimble, chamber president and chief executive officer, said the organization had pledges for $18,000, just $2,000 short of the budget the organization had set for the event it calls Red, White and Boom.
But complicating things is recent information the chamber received from Phoenix:
City services for the event including police and traffic patrols will cost $10,000, not the $5,000 the chamber anticipated, Kimble said.
So the cost of Red, White and Boom actually is $25,000, not $20,000 Kimble said Monday.
"Three years ago, the city partnered with the chamber and absorbed some of the costs of Red, White and Boom," she said. "But the city is not in a position to do that this year."
Kimble said chamber officials plan to meet with Phoenix police and parks officials Wednesday to see if there is a way to reduce the $10,000 fee.
Fireworks shows at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St., were a community tradition from at least the 1980s until 2005.
Then 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.
Donations of $10 or more for Red, White and Boom, meanwhile, continue to be accepted at

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Saturday, July 4th Concert & Fireworks display show

Location of fireworks display:The banks of the Charles River
City: Boston
Date:4th July 10:30PM
Show contact:
Event website:
Fireworks display company:Rozzi Fireworks

Details:Sure, the economy’s in the pits. But Bostonians will still get their Fourth of July fireworks, according to the event’s organizers. Heading into its 36th year, the celebration is fully funded, thanks to its primary sponsor Liberty Mutual, according to event spokesman Steve MacDonald. A Liberty Mutual spokesman added the company provides $2 million annually for the event.
“There will be no scaling back,” MacDonald told Metro last month.
The concert and fireworks draw between 400,000 to 600,000 spectators to the Hatch Shell, on Charles River bridges and along the river's banks. Organizers are still finalizing who the special musical guest will be to play along with the Boston Pops, MacDonald said. Last year, the Rascal Flatts performed.
The city has also budgeted $175,000 — mostly for police and EMS overtime pay — for the July 3 Boston Pops rehearsal, the July 4 parade and the Pops concert that night, according to Julie Burns, the city’s director of arts, tourism & special events.

Fireworks display set for July 3 launch in Weymouth

Location of fireworks display:George Lane Beach
Date:July 3 at 9:30 p.m
Show contact:Weymouth Fourth of July hotline at 781-340-2133.
Event website:
Fireworks display company:
Details: The annual Fourth of July fireworks display will be launched over George Lane Beach on Friday, July 3 at 9:30 p.m.
“Because July 3 is on a Friday, we thought it would be easier for people to come because most people will be taking a long weekend off from work,” said Ronald Rizzo, chairman of Weymouth’s Fourth of July Committee.
The pyrotechnic display was held on June 28 last year.
“We tried staging the fireworks on the Saturday before the fourth, but it seemed natural to have the show on the weekend of the holiday this year,” Rizzo said.
The aerial show will be heralded by a medley of tunes provided by karaoke singers after local D.J. Paul Quintiliani welcomes the gathering at 5 p.m.
“Paul has about eight or ten people that he will introduce,” Rizzo said. “They will perform a variety of songs.”
The lyrics will include country western tunes, e rock and easy listening music.
Rizzo said a medley of big band tunes played by The Frank Castle Orchestra would help listeners get into a festive mood at 9 p.m.
“They will play right through the fireworks,” Rizzo said. “At 9:15 p.m. the band will begin to play some John Phillip Sousa marching tunes and it will continue to play until the end of the fireworks.”
The entertainment will include a rendition of “Weymouth,” a song written by local resident Jim Melody.
“The song mentions Wessagusset Beach,” Rizzo said. “Jim is tickled to be performing in his hometown. He is very talented.”
A variety of inflatable rides will be available for young children to enjoy during the evening.
“There will be a bunch of inflatable rides and mazes for toddlers and games for kids up to 15 years of age,” Rizzo said. “There will be a moonwalk, and some basketball free throw games and a baseball pitch game.”
The fireworks will be sent aloft from an offshore barge
Rizzo said the Fourth of July Committee has high hopes for having a colorful show provided by Atlas Provision Productions, a Jaffrey N.H. firm .
“Atlas is very reputable,” he said. “That is why we use them. They are the best in terms of professionalism and personnel and in the way they organize the show.”
South Shore residents have reported seeing the aerial display for miles away from various locations.
“One year, my son Jeff called me and said the fireworks were great,” Rizzo said. “He saw them go off from Wollaston Beach. He had planned to come to Weymouth to see the fireworks and got stuck in traffic so he pulled in the parking lot at Wollaston. A lot of people go there to watch the fireworks because they have plenty of parking and some good establishments down there.”
Rizzo said he is hopeful for good weather for the festivities.
“We don’t use the R word,” Rizzo said with a laugh. “The weather was lousy last year.”
Low lying fog blanketed the coast and kept spectators from enjoying a complete view of the few fireworks that were launched.
“We did not have rain, but the fog did not lift,” Rizzo said. “We let Atlas shoot off the few fireworks they had already loaded onto the barge.”
He said the decision to fire only a few shells seemed strange to some people.
“I had people ask me all winter long why we did not shoot off everything,” Rizzo said. “But what happened was some of the fireworks had already been loaded onto the barge and were wired to be shot off. Once they are wired they have to be fired because they can’t be undone.”
The rain date for the festivities is July 5.
“We had talked about rescheduling the fireworks for the following weekend, but the committee felt that was too far out because most people take the weekend of July 4 off. We figure that we would get a good size crowd if we have to reschedule for July 5. “
Cancellation of the event will be aired on WBZ (1030 AM). and the Weymouth Community Access TV Channel 10.
Spectators are urged to use a free shuttle service to get to Lane Beach because parking will be restricted. Only drivers with a state disability-parking permit will be allowed to park in the beach lot until 7:30 p.m.
Violators of the parking policy will have their cars towed if they park illegally on any North Weymouth street.
The shuttles will start transporting people to Lane at 5 p.m. and make continuous trips to the beach until the fireworks are launched.
Return trips to the Whipple Center will be available aboard the buses following the show.
Further restrictions at Lane include a prohibition on alcohol and a closure of the boat ramp.
Additional information about the events can be obtained by calling the Weymouth Fourth of July hotline at 781-340-2133.

Park After Dark-Fireworks disply show needs sponsors

Location of fireworks display: Maury County Park
City: Columbia
Date: 4th July
Show Contact: Sonjalyn Rine 931-375-6103
Event Website:
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Details: With just about one month to go, the Maury Alliance is still about $2,000 short of funds needed to pay for the community’s annual Independence Day celebration, “The Park After Dark.”“We’ve raised just under $2,000 so far. It typically takes about $4,000 for the pyrotechnics and entertainment, so we really need more sponsors to help with the cost of this year’s celebration,” said Janet Earwood, Maury Alliance vice president of membership.The Maury Alliance, the area’s official chamber of commerce, works with Maury County Parks and Recreation to host the free event each year at Maury County Park.Any businesses or individuals interested in helping to sponsor the fireworks display should send checks to Maury Alliance Fireworks, P.O. Box 1076, Columbia, TN 38402.“Any donations designated for the celebration are always used for that purpose,” Earwood said. “Maury County Parks and Recreation and members of the Maury Alliance have sponsored our Fourth of July Celebration for about 20 years as a gift to the community to provide a fun and safe way to enjoy the holiday.”

This year’s Independence Day celebration includes a 5K run, a five mile bike ride and a one mile fun run in Maury County Park. More information about these events is available from Rick Fisher at (931) 388-3435 or at“As usual, we’ll have plenty of different activities for all members of the family to enjoy, including some fun contests” said Sonjalyn Rine, recreation specialist with Maury County Parks and Recreation.Among those is the third annual “Smoking in the Park” amateur cook- off for kids and adults which has been moved from October to July 4. Judging begins at 1 p.m. Judges will be looking for whoever cooks the best hot-dog, smoked sausage, hamburger, barbecued chicken, pork ribs and dessert.Other contests include the 6th annual Patriotic Pet Contest, where everyone is encouraged to bring their four legged friends to compete for treats and prizes. Judging begins at 2 p.m
The 6th annual Watermelon Seed Spitting Competition starts at 3 p.m. Contestants will be judged on distance, style and accuracy.The next competition of the day is to see who will be crowned this year’s “Little Miss Firecracker.” Talented girls, 5-10 years of age, will be judged on talent, poise and personality. The pageant begins at 4 p.m. There is a $20 entry fee.The music portion of Maury County’s annual Fourth of July Celebration begins at 5 p.m. with a variety of music from local talent and a mix of classic rock and blues from the Independence Blues Band.Throughout the day, the young and young at heart will enjoy the Kids Zone filled with inflatables and lots of hands-on activities and vendors selling hot-dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, cotton candy and more.Maury County Park is located next to Columbia Central High School at 1018 Maury County Park Drive off of Lion Parkway. More information may be obtained by calling (931) 375-6103.