ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda is aiming to return a Fourth of July fireworks show to the city.
However, city finances won’t allow tax dollars to be spent on the festivities. So the mayor, who has raised enough funds to bring free summer camps to the city for three consecutive summers as well as increase the holiday light show at Finley Estate, is aiming to pull off her biggest challenge yet.
The goal is to raise $60,000 by May 15.
“We can’t do this without donations,” she said. “We want to bring this back to our city, but we cannot with the current budget situation.”
If the money is raised by the target date through private and corporate donations, the plan is to hold a fireworks display at West Park on July 2 with a rain date of July 3.
This will save the city overtime expenses, Brinda said, since July 2 is a Wednesday. Safety regulations require significant police and fire presence at such an event.
A fundraising barometer on the city’s website showed that as of noon Tuesday, less than $10 has been raised.
Brinda said a fireworks show for the Fourth of July is about bringing back a cherished family tradition.
The city last sponsored a fireworks show in 2008. It was the first and last year the city moved the festivities to West Park on Foster Avenue. Before that, residents regularly saw rockets light up the sky at Cascade Park.
Resident who would like to donate to the fireworks funds can do so on the city’s website. Checks payable to the City of Elyria Fireworks Fund can be mailed to 131 Court St., Elyria, OH 44035. For more information, call (440) 326-1402.
Brinda said all funds raised will be used solely for the fireworks show.
“If we do not receive enough in donations in 2014, we will save the donations for fireworks until we do reach the goal,” she said.