Some Not Thrilled By Chicago’s July 4 Fireworks

CHICAGO (CBS) — For 15 minutes Monday night, the city wowed the crowd with fireworks at Navy Pier.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, not everyone was impressed.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

Rob Cuchinetta was impressed as a man who works with pyrotechnology.

“They’re actually putting on a better show; it brings more people to Navy Pier,” he said.

But some of the out-of-towners were less than impressed.

“I was expecting a little more, I guess, so far,” a man said. “To be honest with you, we’re visiting from Ohio and I was really excited about coming.”

Another man was visiting from Syracuse, N.Y., and he too seemed to be unimpressed.

“It’s OK. It’s not the greatest,” he said.

The fireworks were sponsored by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.

It was the second major change in as many years for the city’s Fourth of July celebrations. Last year, the city canceled its traditional July 3rd fireworks show, opting instead for three smaller fireworks shows along the lakefront, including at Navy Pier.

But this year, the city dropped all of its official fireworks displays, leaving only the Navy Pier show at 9 p.m. on Monday.

Disappointed or not, tens of thousands of people filled Navy Pier and stayed for the entire show.

  • Dan Rakow

    I enjoy them and I do not expect anything to be perfect they did their very best job as much as possible.

  • Mr. Justice

    I wish people would realize that the economy is in the toilet. Cutbacks need to be made. Though I believe most of us enjoy fireworks, we do need to be understanding that the money being used is going up in smoke, and could be better used to reduce debt or pay bills. I am not against fireworks at all. We all just need to think more logically regarding this issue. If and when the economy picks back up, well, I am sure the fireworks will return.

    • AWM

      They could have gotten corporate sponsorship.

  • What!?!

    Maybe if Illinois trusted its residents, and allowed them to purchase fireworks within our own state, folks could enjoy fireworks from the comfort of their own homes.

    @Mr. Justice – you are 100% correct. The economy is horrible, and we hear about it every day, so perhaps folks should have lowered their expectations this year.

    • POPPIN'

      “Maybe if Illinois trusted its residents, and allowed them to purchase fireworks within our own state, folks could enjoy fireworks from the comfort of their own homes.”

      I don’t know where you live, but my Chicago neighborhood was a non-stop war zone for the past few weeks. Especially last night. I don’t know who the guy was who had an endless supply of dynamite, but it got really old after 3 hours of it.

      • BeaJae

        Amen Poppin! Last time I checked, residents needed a permit to light off any fireworks. There were booms going on ’til at least 2am in my neighborhood. Where were the police to enforce these laws? Major CPD FAIL!

  • Hmmm....

    So, the story reads that two out-of-towners (tourists) were not impressed…that they were excited, and now let down. Will that be used by the Chicago tourism bureau? Come excited, leave disappointed? We’re too cheap to put on a good show the visitors who have spent money on the travel, hotel, and dining!

  • been there

    New York has the most spectacular fireworks show in the nation!

  • Chad

    What a bunch of babies. The city could put on a 2 hour show and it wouldnt be enough for some people.
    I wonder why they havent laweyered up to sue us for spoiling their holiday.
    Boo Hoo Hoo.

  • Gregg

    It’s the same fireworks show that they put on every Wednesday and Saturday and that’s how they promoted it. If people paid more attention to what’s going on in the news they would have seen there was no big show this year before they went.

  • jlg

    I’m certain “The city” did not own any of the firework show – it is paid for by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. To word the title as if ‘the city’ actually coughed up monetary support is rather misleading (“…the city wowed the crowd…”).

  • Centurion

    I have an idea…instead of $2MILLION dollars for a 15 minute fireworks show…how about $2MILLION dollars to be spent on veterans rehab facilities. Now what more patriotic way to celebrate independence, than helping US Soldiers with no arms and legs become independent. All they got from the government after they lost their arms and legs was…THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. REMEMBER TO VOTE NOW!

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