North Madison revives 4th of July celebration

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Saturday, July 5, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.

When Rhythm and Booms left Madison's north side, opinions were split.

"It was really a mixed bag, there were some people who loved coming here, loved that it was close by and that they could walk...and then...the people who just didn't like the traffic and the noise and the crowds," said Karen Bassler, who is the executive director of the North Side Planning Council.

Split opinions didn't keep the community from celebrating independence day.

"A group of citizens raised their hand and said lets make our own party," Bassler explained.

With the help of a ton of volunteers, help from the community, and a budget topping only $3,000 -- they made it happen.

Food, drinks, music, games and even a parade; you name it, they had it.

A big contributor to the success were the Madison Mallards across the street.

"The day Rhythm and Booms announced it was going away, the general manager stood up and said 'okay, we're putting on a fireworks show free for the north side'," Bassler said.

Sure enough, shortly before 10 p.m. and following a Mallards game, the sky over the north side lit up.

For Bassler, it was a reason to say thanks to the community, and especially to the Mallards.

"They've just been really super neighbors and really great for the north side."

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