Chamber preps for fireworks on Fourth

Published 8:12 am Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Who doesn’t enjoy a good fireworks show?

Streaks of light and bursts of color in the summer sky have become synonymous with the celebration of American Independence. It’s a national tradition.

This year will be no different for Greenville, which holds its annual Celebrate America event Friday, July 3 at Greenville High School Stadium.

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The celebration has become one of Butler County’s signature events under the direction of Francine Wasden of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Heavy rains put a slight damper on what were otherwise enjoyable events in Wasden’s first two years with the chamber. She’s no doubt looking forward to some third-time charm and clear evening skies.

With fireworks, patriotic music and free admission, Celebrate America has got to be one of the best deals in town. But Wasden and the chamber are going to need a little community help to put on a show that lives up to the billing.

It’s going to take at least $5,000 to fund the event, which includes a show by the same group that handles fireworks for the Montgomery Biscuits.

As it does each year, the chamber will rely on the support of local merchants and benevolent citizens to sponsor Celebrate America. It’s going to take a strong showing from both to reach this year’s goal.

There are other ways to pitch in, too. You can put your pipes to use by joining the Patriotic Choir. The group will provide music during the event. Come alone or bring some friends [like your church choir] to help out even more.

For more information about Celebrate America, or how you can participate, contact the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce at 382-3251.