Patron Rescues Town’s July 4 Fireworks Show

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (STMW) – Waukegan’s Independence Day fireworks display, which had been canceled, has come back to life after a benefactor stepped up to cover the $25,000 cost.

“The show is back on,” city spokesman David Motley said Friday afternoon, adding only that “an anonymous private donor” came forward after learning that budget cuts had canceled the July 4 tradition.

“Someone read (The News-Sun) story about the fireworks being canceled, and they contacted us (Thursday) and set the ball in motion,” said Motley, who was coordinating arrangements Friday with the city’s usual vendor, Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions of Kingsbury, Ind.

According to Motley, the $25,000 price tag includes the cost of materials and public safety expenses.

City officials huddled Thursday night to arrange such things as the number of police officers that will be needed and a traffic plan, all while looking to avoid overtime costs.

The plan now calls for the show to start at 9:30 p.m. July 4. The fireworks will be launched from a peninsula near the Waukegan Water Plant, which is adjacent to Municipal Beach. Motley noted the display will be “visible anywhere along Waukegan Harbor” and from Sheridan Road.

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  • Right

    If Waukegan didn’t have so many blacks and mexicans on public aid who don’t pay taxes they would be able to afford it.

  • SRS

    Wow @ Right comment…all I can say is wow.

  • Seriously

    Wow @ Right.

  • jiimmy

    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.
    This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.
    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    • freedom fighter

      simple Money talks

  • him and me

    I am just as patriotic as the next person. Just seems to me that amount of money could have been donated for something that would help all of these people out of work, who cannot find a job. If I was in there shoes, watching a fireworks display wouldn’t make my situation any brighter. Just my opinion.

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