Posted: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 ----- 5:20 p.m.
With Rhythm & Booms now in a new location, the fate of an annual fireworks show at Warner Park has been in question. Officials with Warner Park say this is a perfect time to show their appreciation for the north side community- the same people that pack the stands for the Mallards games. And to say "thank you" for the support, the park keeps the tradition going, with a free fireworks show on July 5th.
Rhythm & Booms is making its way downtown this year, but the fireworks will still be going strong at Warner Park.
"We've been more successful than we've ever imagined. We drew 1,000 fans a night in our first year, and now we draw over 6,000 fans a night and we've looked at it honestly as a way to give back to the north side of Madison," said Mallards President Vern Stenman.
The ballpark is getting some help from the North side Planning Council and community members. "A group of citizens got together and said "lets make our own party." So we have been meeting and planning since last august," said Karen Bassler, Executive Director of the North side Planning Council.
And the show is expected to be a unique one, live music will accompany the fireworks- the band playing from center field. The people that come to the Mallards game will have the chance to get the best seat in the house. Stenman added, "we wanted to give preference to people who came to the Mallards game. So the people who bought tickets will have an opportunity after the game is over, to get out on the field and grab the best spot for the concert and to watch the fireworks."
Continuing the much appreciated tradition on the north side. Stenman said, "it's the right fit, at the right time, at the right part of town. And I couldn't be more excited to get this event together." The show will start around 9:40pm on July 5th. Organizers are expecting between 10,000 and 12,000 people in attendance. People will not be allowed to carry in alcohol to the park, but will be able to purchase it in the duck pond. About 50 officers will be patrolling the area.