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4th of July Fireworks Festivities

By: Renee Charles
By: Renee Charles

Rhythm and Booms is a yearly event that draws thousands of fireworks fanatics.

Wednesday, the planners of the event started off the countdown to the 4th with a bang.

"Only in Madison could we have an event like this," says Terry Kelly, President of Madison Fireworks Fund, Inc.

This year's celebration was donned with a special name: Celebrate America.

"It's for the celebration of how beautiful our city, our county, and our state is at this wonderful time in summer," says Kelly, "It's also a celebration of our American heritage and our great pride we feel in the United States of America."

It's not the only July 4th fireworks celebration in town. Elver Park 4th of July fireworks is also becoming a family tradition, and it's future is no longer up in the air.

"We are definitely having Elver Park fireworks this year," says Jeff Tyler, Vice President of Clear Channel Madison, "Last year we came into it six weeks before the event and made sure it happened and this year we've had a full year to plan."

Last year the fate of the event was uncertain until just days before the show, but now things should be set for the next few years.

"The mayor has been a big help with this along with police and fire have helped me to put together a multi-year deal that we should have announced very soon," says Tyler, "We're just working out some final language to ensure that event goes off for many years to come."

And nearby business owners are happy because the event draws in close to 20,000 people and that means a boom in business.

Brent Griffin, the owner of Griff's Restaurant, says, "It's one of the most fun times of the year. We have tons of people down here, a beer garden, food for them to eat, extra business. We hire on a lot of extra help and it's just a fun event."

It costs about $65,000 to put the event on and any money raised during the day-long celebration goes to the Madison Parks Foundation.

The Elver Park Fourth of July fireworks are on Monday the fourth...
The fun starts early in the day with different family activities, food, and music.

Rhythm and Booms is set for Saturday, July 2nd at Warner Park. Performances include the Madison Symphony and Sandi Patty, a five time Grammy award winner.


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