Freeport, Illinois — June 1, 2017 — With one month to go until the slated July 2, 2017 Fireworks Celebration in Freeport, Illinois, the total amount raised so far as of May 30th to even hold the annual event, is a mere $220.00 of the $20,000+ needed.
Last year Freeport’s Fireworks celebration became a publicly fundraised event, as city council decided to not fund the annual celebration at the suggestion that the July 4th night of Fireworks, be turned into more of a community funded event.
While enough money was raised last year through business sponsorships and small donations from the public to hold the Fireworks, this year is a completely different story. This year, the Fireworks Committee has barely enough to make a car payment and it’s already June 1st.
On Monday June 5, 2017 Freeport’s city council will be asked to vote on funding the 2017 Freeport Fireworks. According to the Fireworks Committee if the funding is not in the city budget, then it is up to the citizens to raise the money.
So far the Committee has the following fundraisers in place to help raise the funds for the 2017 Fireworks Celebration.
On June 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Logan’s Bar & Grill will be donating 10% of every sale towards the 2017 Fireworks.
On June 17, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. the 2017 Fireworks Committee will holding a Flapjack Breakfast at Applebee’s in Freeport. Cost is just $5.00 per ticket. Tickets are available at Logan’s Bar & Grill.
On June 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. you can try your luck with a Duck in the Official Rubber Duck Race. The details are in the below Flyer.
- You can also become a Freeport Sky Concert Sponsor, if you are a business looking to get some extra exposure. The sponsorship form is right here.
- There is a Go Fund Me Page setup here that you can donate to.
- Finally, at many locations all throughout the city there are donation boxes setup which you can drop your spare change into or throw a few bucks in.
The Fireworks Committee says if they are unable to raise enough funds for the 2017 Fireworks Celebration, either via their own fundraising or though a vote by Freeport’s city council, then they will use the funds that are raised this year for the 2018 show.
The events planned for this years Fireworks Celebration are as follows;
- 2:00-9:00 p.m.
- 2:00-9:00 p.m.
Live Music/Children’s Activities
- 9:00 p.m.
JROTC presents the colors
- 9:10 p.m.
Recognition of the Veterans in attendance
- 9:15 p.m.
Presentation by George Buss as Abraham Lincoln
- 9:20 p.m.
- 9:30 p.m.
Sky Concert (fireworks)
If you would like to be on the Committee that helps plan and organize the Fireworks, there is a meeting scheduled for Tuesday June 6th at 5:30 p.m., that will be held at Logan’s Bar & Grill.
In our view, citizens deserve a fireworks celebration. They deserve a fireworks celebration and they really deserve it without the stress of having to directly fund it or “it will not happen”.
Being Freeport is the largest city hub of the county, our Fireworks display should be the rave of the county. How do you even tell Freeport children there will be no fireworks.
A suggestion, since Freeport city council has essentially given the Fireworks its budget each year, give the citizens reassurance there will always be an “Independence Day” celebration but — make it a 5 or 10 year plan to give the public time to get in the habit of self-funding the whole thing.
Don’t cut the citizens off cold turkey and allow them to think the city they live in, isn’t going to have any Fireworks.
In the interim, the Fireworks Committee continues to raise funds each year and the city agrees to put in the difference, if any, of what wasn’t raised. It could be agreed upon up to a certain cost even. In other words, wean the Fireworks down to a citizen funded event.
At the end of the day it’s all the citizens money whether city council approves a Fireworks budget, or the citizens dig a few bucks deeper in their pocket each to fund it.
If the citizens say they want Fireworks city council, in our opinion, should never having any objections to writing the check. This way, the citizens can always be assured their independence is celebrated, the public can continue to raise funds and city council can be assured that one day, the Fireworks won’t be an item on their plate they have to worry about.
Comments or thoughts on funding Freeport’s Fireworks? Chime in.
Update June 2, 2017 — Bowen’s Carpet Dry has also offered to help raise funds. They’ve stated that from June 5th through June 9th in honor of 2017, 17% of every invoice will be donated to the Freeport Fireworks Fundraiser. Customers only need to mention it & sign up for a free membership to have their donation counted. www.bowenscarpetdry.com (815) 797-9741
Bowen’s Carpet Dry is a small local family business, who clean residential & commercial, carpets & flooring, upholstery, air ducts & dryer vents.