I’ve had a couple questions and comments about why the city chose to have the fireworks on July 2nd instead of the Fourth.
There are honestly a few ideas that went into the selection. They are admittedly subjective and if we get enough feedback that the residents would rather have it on the Fourth, we will certainly take a look at things.
First, the easy explanation is that most of the fireworks providers were booked on the Fourth. They told us that they had openings on the 2nd and 3rd if we were interested. The price was also cheaper on the 2nd meaning we are getting more fireworks for the same money. One of the problems with not having fireworks for so many years is that the fireworks providers take care of their existing customers each year before they add new cities. We can overcome this in time if it is a problem.
Second, having raised children, it can be a problem when the Fourth is on a weekday. You take the kids to the fireworks, then have to battle traffic and get them home and in bed, and then you have to head back to work early the next morning. My hope was that having them on Saturday night made it easier on families to enjoy the process and have less stress and worries.
Third, by having ours on Saturday night, families are free to enjoy the Fourth doing other things or even seeing other communities’ fireworks. We hope to give you a great full Saturday of activities and you’ll still have Sunday and Monday to spend on other family outings.
Finally, we hope to keep expanding this year to year until perhaps we can get back to something similar to what the All America Weekend represented years ago. We have a long way to go, but keeping it on the weekend starts to build the capacity and activities that could evolve into something more into the future.
With that in mind, we also moved the parade to Saturday so that all of the city events were at one time for our citizens. I’ve heard a couple of complaints that July 2nd isn’t July 4th and we shouldn’t have moved the parade. Those people aren’t wrong. No offense or slight was intended. I’ve explained above why we did what we did when we did it.
We are in year two of bringing fireworks and Fourth of July activities back. I am always open to suggestions on how to make things better. A lot of it is guesswork and experimentation at this point, so feel free to offer ways to improve!
Have a great week!