ELYRIA — This summer will be boom times two in Elyria.
Last year, the city had no fireworks displays to wow residents. This year, there will be two shows.
The campaign to privately raise funds to pay for a city pyrotechnic show was so successful, Mayor Holly Brinda announced Thursday that two shows will be held this summer — July 2 in West Park in observance of the Fourth of July and Aug. 30 in Ely Square to cap off the annual Cleveland Pops orchestra concert.
“Members of our community are working very hard to make Elyria the chosen place again to live, work, play and raise our families,” Brinda said. “I am so very proud to live in a city where our citizens, businesses and organizations create opportunities for all of us to share.”
The fireworks fundraising goal of $45,000 was surpassed; the fund has $46,401.75. City employees, officials and unions contributed more than $3,000. Brinda gave $1,000.
Event sponsors include Bendix Corp., United Initiators, 3M Corp., Bob’s Tire Service, Parsons Insurance, Invacare Corp., The Outdoor Option, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, Psych and Psych Services, Sambino’s Pizza, Allan Kennard Printing, Eco Tree Services, Dunlap’s Garage, Talmer Bank and Trust, Citizens for Serazin, Elyria High School staff and students, A.J. Gallagher, Allen Thorley DeLloyd Insurance, Ridge Tool and Walter Haverfield Attorneys at Law.
The city will hire Melrose Pyrotechniques based in Kingsbury, Ind.
The July 2 event will run 4 to 10:45 p.m. at West Park, 1200 Foster Ave., and include food, family games and live music. The rain date is July 3. The fireworks display will include a musical production.
The following month, the concert will include a superhero theme and fireworks.
Brinda said the twist on the concert is designed to attract more young families with children. The evening will feature appearances and skits by live, fully-costumed superheroes from the nonprofit Super Heroes to Kids in Ohio.
The Cleveland Pops orchestra will incorporate the characters into their musical performance, and there will be other kid-friendly surprises.
Other children’s events are planned this summer. In addition to both fireworks shows, 11 Reach and Rise Discovery Camps will be held for 850 children and youth throughout the summer; the annual Summer Lunchtime Concert Series will return 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 14 in Ely Square; and the fourth annual “Rockin In The Park” concert featuring LaFlavour will take place July 27.
In total, more than $106,000 in donations made the summer events and activities possible.
For more information on any of these activities, call the mayor’s office at (440) 326-1402.