UPDATE: Mallards plan to host new Fourth of July fireworks

UPDATED: July 18, 2013 ---10:15pm

A new Fourth of July tradition is in the works for Northside Madison residents. This comes after Wednesday's announcement that the annual Rhythm and Booms fireworks show will move, next year, to Lake Monona.

For residents like Anne Edwardson, the news was disheartening. Edwardson lives on top of Lake View Hill. She says folks would come in from out town and gather at her house, then walk down to watch the Rhythm and Booms fireworks. For others, in the area, the traditional Mallards baseball game, before the fireworks, was also a big part..

Now, the Mallards, and local residents, are trying to fill the void left by the event's move.

Thursday night, Edwardson and dozens of others gathered at Warner Park to talk about a new plan. Mallards President Vern Stenman says they're trying to host their own fireworks, next year, and start a new tradition in the area.

"We just want to start the discussion and look at next year and reiterate that we really want to be a part of it and the northside of Madison is really important to us and the fireworks on the Fourth of July is a big deal for us" Stenman tells NBC15.

Stenman says the next step is to sit down with the local fire and police departments to figure out what makes the most sense. He's not sure yet what day they plan to host the fireworks show, next year, but it'll likely be on the Fourth of July. He also says the Mallards will play a home game, right before the fireworks show.


Wednesday July 17, 2013

MADISON, Wis.-- Madison's popular Fourth of July event Rhythm and Booms will move to downtown Madison in 2014, according to reporting done by NBC 15 news partner WIBA radio.

The official announcement will be made this morning. Alderman Mike Verveer told WIBA that the event will take place the Saturday before the Fourth of July.

Mr. Verveer says fireworks will be set off from 20 barges on Lake Monona. John Nolen Dr. will be shut down for viewing, a carnival and other festivities.

Rhythm and Booms has been held at Warner Park since it began in 1993.

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