August 20, 2014

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Fireworks return to Elyria tonight

Curt McDaniel, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the shooter who will be putting on the fireworks display at West Rec tonight. He's holding one of the 6-inch fireworks that will be placed into the launch tubes and fired electronically during the show. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Curt McDaniel, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the shooter who will be putting on the fireworks display at West Rec tonight. He’s holding one of the 6-inch fireworks that will be placed into the launch tubes and fired electronically during the show. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Today, it’s all about the boom.

Crews spent much of Tuesday setting mortar shells, wiring explosives and readying West Park for an early Independence Day celebration.

The electronic panel that controls the launch of the fireworks has groups of 100 switches, and the shooter flips each switch as he gets the cue on the script.

The electronic panel that controls the launch of the fireworks has groups of 100 switches, and the shooter flips each switch as he gets the cue on the script.

Residents can thank private and corporate donations for this year’s show. More than $45,000 was raised through a campaign led by Mayor Holly Brinda.

Elyria’s 2014 Salute to America: The Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show is 4 to 11 p.m. today at West Park, 1200 Foster Ave.

The park will open to the public at 4 p.m., with a picnic beginning at 4:30 p.m. when concession stands and vendors open. Elyria vendors offering food include CoFields Barbecue, Marco’s Pizza, Donna’s Diner, Sambino’s Pizza, By The Slab and Hershey’s Ice Cream.

Elyria parks and recreation staff will provide family games, activities, face painting and more 6 to 7:45 p.m. Yellow Delicious will provide live entertainment 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Brinda will give a welcome address at 9:30 p.m. and introduce the presenting sponsors. American Legion Post 12 will present the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Elyria High graduate JC Conley performing the Star Spangled Banner.

The fireworks show will begin about 10 p.m. and last about a half-hour.

Attendees may bring blankets, beach towels, tarps, lawn chairs, personal-size umbrellas, sealed water bottles, wagons and coolers into the park.

Parking and traffic will be restricted in much of the area. See our parking map for more information.

For the rest of Lorain County’s Fourth of July events, see our list.

  • oldruss

    This is Wednesday, July 2. It is NOT Independence Day. What a load of warm bull manure!

    • luvmytoaster

      My recollection is that they used to have the fireworks on the 3rd when it was during the week since most people had the 4th off……

  • Sis Delish

    Imagine moving Labor Day in this town… LOL!

  • Razorback Twou

    The mayor and her friends must be planing on being out of town for the holiday. Don’t want anything to interfere with their vacation.

    • Cletus

      The mayor’s plans come first razor. Get in the program dawg!

  • Sis Delish

    Why not the 30th of June? Gotta be even more economical, no?

    • oldruss

      While we’re “saving over-time, etc., etc.,” why not combine Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day into one holiday celebration. Fewer missed work days, that way.

      But seriously, this holiday commemorates a significant historical event, that took place on JULY 4, 1776. It is a seminal event in Western Civilization. How hard can it be, to organize your fireworks, parades, picnics, etc., on the FOURTH!

  • Carrie Watson

    I, for one, am grateful that there are fireworks on other days besides the 4th of July. You know why? Because I work somewhere that is open 24/7, and I have to work the night of the 4th, but I was off tonight. There’s still no mail on the 4th, and many places are still closed in observance of the 4th. What’s the problem if the fireworks are let off a day or two early?