July 23, 2014

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Elyria fireworks thrill families

Emilia Hower, 2, of Elyria played with her lighted bubble gun to keep busy while waiting for the fireworks to start. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Emilia Hower, 2, of Elyria played with her lighted bubble gun to keep busy while waiting for the fireworks to start. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Khamren Ingram stood near his dad with his eyes toward the night sky and a smile on his face during the city’s early Independence Day celebration at West Park.

Seconds later, a firework lit the sky in a blaze of white, followed by a crackle.

The 4-year-old turned to his dad, Emanuel Ingram, wide-eyed and thrilled.

The Elyria American Legion Post 12 Color Guard waits in the wings to present the flag at the beginning of the main event.

The Elyria American Legion Post 12 Color Guard waits in the wings to present the flag at the beginning of the main event.

Emanuel Ingram, of Elyria, recognized his son’s expression. It brought back memories of his own childhood.

“I am happy they brought the fireworks back because I grew up watching them too,” Emanuel Ingram said before handing his son a slice of pizza.

The fireworks, attended by thousands, were possible after $45,000 was raised through a campaign led by Mayor Holly Brinda.

The city last sponsored a fireworks show in 2008 at West Park on Foster Avenue. Before that, the show was at Cascade Park.

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Bringing back the pyrotechnic show also brought the community together.

Elyria resident Robin Kane, along with her two sons, Epic, 4, and Onyx, 3, and her mother, Barb Kane, sat on blankets waiting for the show to begin.

“We have been here since 7 (p.m.),” Barb Kane said.

Her grandsons’ excitement was too much to contain as the sky grew darker.

Waving glow swords through the air, the boys ran around as if they were creating their own fireworks show.

“I am very excited for my kids, and I love fireworks too,” Robin Kane said.

In previous years, Robin Kane has driven to Lorain to watch the fireworks show, but prefers to stay close to home.

“I was hoping Elyria would have theirs again,” Robin Kane said.

The Welsh family sat together on a blanket, patiently awaiting the arrival of the first boom of the night.

“Fireworks!” Hunter Welsh, 3, said to his mom, Jennifer Welsh. His sister, Adrianna Welsh, 2, was equally excited and hoped to see a pink firework.

Russell Welsh said he remembers sitting at Cascade Park as a child, watching the Independence Day celebration.

Moments later, Neil Diamond’s patriotic song, “America,” blasted through the speakers and the crowd began cheering.

“I am glad Elyria brought them back because every city should have them,” Russell Welsh said.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MLinebrinkCT.

  • Sis Delish

    Poor reporting… did not mention turnout numbers. Weather was pristine.

    Did the Mayor have a massive turnout for her biggest challenge yet?

    P.S. “thousands” isn’t a turnout number.

    • TruthWhisperer

      Go scrub a toilet

      • Lisa

        hahaha!

      • Sis Delish

        Open your mouth and do it for us.

        • TruthWhisperer

          thats not how gravity works, then again you dont work so how would you know?

          Booh Hoo I had a bad time at the fireworks show wahhh, I couldnt hide on the internet and judge people :-)

    • Retreat

      It could not of been that great because in past years where I live you could hear the folks OHHHH! and AHHHHH! this year I could hear basically nothing.

    • Marcus

      At least she is trying to do something.
      Which is much more than up voting and commenting on yourself.

  • ray peters

    Can someone explain to me why the fireworks were on Wednesday July 2nd?

    • Paul A. Schroeter

      I think union arrangements with police and firefighters, city workers make holding it on a Federal holiday and making the city pay overtime more expensive.

  • Linda Nutt

    Thank you for the varied photos from this event. I especially love the one with my gr.children (Arionna and Elijah Carter)!! Guess it’s the proud grama in me that’s making this comment!!! :)

  • Simon Jester

    The city of Elyria managed what every other well run city does every year. Hooray!

    Sorry, Holly, but mediocrity doesn’t get you a pat on the head from me, no matter how much you’ve ” Thrilled families”.

    And Lotko still donated more than you did.