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Friend says fireworks won’t fly on the Fourth

An exploding aerial firework lit up the Baldwin City sky during a past Fourth of July show. It looks like there won't be a community fireworks display this year.

An exploding aerial firework lit up the Baldwin City sky during a past Fourth of July show. It looks like there won't be a community fireworks display this year.

June 23, 2010

It’s déjà vu all over again for Baldwin City’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

For the second time in four years, it appears there won’t be a local fireworks show. Steve Friend, Baldwin City Recreation Commission director, made the announcement Friday.

“We had a board meeting Wednesday and felt that it might be best not to worry about the fireworks this year,” Friend said.

In 2006, Donna Kneedler announced there wouldn’t be a show that year. She made that news public less than a week before the Fourth of July. Kneedler was the president of the group once called the Citizens For Baldwin City.

Kneedler cited a lack of money and support for the annual festivities, which included fireworks. After the Signal printed the story, support for the Fourth of July celebration came flooding in and the event was thrown together in five days.

However, Friend, who came to Baldwin City in December 2007, said this year’s event will have its usual pool party, but no fireworks. He said his fireworks organizer isn’t participating this year and he will actually be out of town on July 4.

“I just feel uncomfortable being this late,” Friend said. “We have two weeks. Some of it is my fault for not getting on it. I’ve been busy with the pool, new ball fields and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I’m not ahead of the game like I should be.

“I talked about it with the board and with the construction down at the high school, which has limited the parking and access, that we might be better to shelve it this year,” he said. “But I don’t want to leave with a negative. I want to leave with a positive. We are still doing the free pool and I’ve increased the amount of food I’m giving away. I want to take those inflatables down by the pool and have them available for free all afternoon.”

The Baldwin City Municipal Pool will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4. BCRC will once again be providing free hot dogs and music to the event. Friend said they grilled 400 hot dogs last year, but he will be increasing the amount to 600 this year.

Although this year’s fireworks show won’t be happening, Friend hopes it will be just a one-year hiatus.

“This year, everyone can enjoy the evening with your family and shoot your own fireworks,” Friend said. “Next year, if we can get it together, we want to have it on the hill by the new ball fields. We will have parking at both elementary schools. So that’s the plan for next year.”

“We had a board meeting Wednesday and felt that it might be best not to worry about the fireworks this year,” Friend said.

In 2006, Donna Kneedler announced there wouldn’t be a show that year. She made that news public less than a week before the Fourth of July. Kneedler was the president of the group once called the Citizens For Baldwin City.

Kneedler cited a lack of money and support for the annual festivities, which included fireworks. After the Signal printed the story, support for the Fourth of July celebration came flooding in and the event was thrown together in five days.

However, Friend, who came to Baldwin City in December 2007, said this year’s event will have its usual pool party, but no fireworks. He said his fireworks organizer isn’t participating this year and he will actually be out of town on July 4.

“I just feel uncomfortable being this late,” Friend said. “We have two weeks. Some of it is my fault for not getting on it. I’ve been busy with the pool, new ball fields and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I’m not ahead of the game like I should be.

“I talked about it with the board and with the construction down at the high school, which has limited the parking and access, that we might be better to shelve it this year,” he said. “But I don’t want to leave with a negative. I want to leave with a positive. We are still doing the free pool and I’ve increased the amount of food I’m giving away. I want to take those inflatables down by the pool and have them available for free all afternoon.”

The Baldwin City Municipal Pool will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4. BCRC will once again be providing free hot dogs and music to the event. Friend said they grilled 400 hot dogs last year, but he will be increasing the amount to 600 this year.

Although this year’s fireworks show won’t be happening, Friend hopes it will be just a one-year hiatus.

“This year, everyone can enjoy the evening with your family and shoot your own fireworks,” Friend said. “Next year, if we can get it together, we want to have it on the hill by the new ball fields. We will have parking at both elementary schools. So that’s the plan for next year.”

Comments

sportsfan 4 years, 2 months ago

Sorry to read about this. We enjoy the show and always kick in some $. And we'd do it again if enough people wanted to try and get this to work. We had family coming in town to watch so will have to think of something else. Just curious: does Steve do all the planning for town events himself? Is there not a committee to assist?

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reparmn37 4 years, 2 months ago

I am sad that the show is cancelled this year. I hope that our local law enforcement will be on the alert when those very inconsiderate neighbors who insist on exploding fireworks well into the late evening. The last two years, before, during, and after the forth, these "neighbors" insist on making the area sound like a DMZ well past 10PM. Some people need to go to work the next day, and sleep is important. IS THERE ANYTHING OUR TOWN CAN DO TO BE CONSIDERATE TO WORKING PEOPLE???????

I bet nothing will be done. Just like the last two years.

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Torch 4 years, 2 months ago

You must be kidding reparmn37.

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greyghost 4 years, 2 months ago

Can we just close the rural schools in order to fund the fireworks display?

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reparmn37 4 years, 2 months ago

Torch,

I would invite you to come to my home, and see how long you can sleep when you have World War 3 outside. I suspect from your response YOU light fireworks well into the night. I do love to shoot fireworks, but because of this city's so called noise law, I stop at 10PM. What do you do when you are rudely awakened at 1AM because someone wants to shoot off fireworks.

Do you approve of that??

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Stacy Napier 4 years, 2 months ago

Laws? they have laws in this town???

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