Fireworks planned for July 4

Donations needed
Scott Seitz2
Jun 6, 2014

It won't be long before fireworks will be blasting off on the Fourth of July at the Huron County Fairgrounds.

Mayor Rob Duncan said the annual event will take place at dark, weather permitting.

Anyone wishing to donate to the fireworks can make checks out to the V.F.W. and drop them off at city hall.

The city used to budget money each year for the fireworks.

The city donated $3,000 in 2010, which was the last year it contributed.

"I think it's better to not be funded by taxpayers' money," Council President Steve Euton said.

"The Fourth of July is to celebrate independence from Britain and its unfair taxation," Euton said. "It seems strange to spend tax dollars to celebrate it.

"I do understand it's nice and easier when they city chips in," he added.

Euton attends the fireworks each year.

"July 4 is an interesting and amazing day," he said. "When I first came to Norwalk I was really impressed with how people celebrated the Fourth of July.

"So many individuals and businesses participate in the parade and then you have the fireworks at night and time in between to have a picnic with the family," he said. "The Fourth of July is one of the most enjoyable days of the year."

Councilman Chris Mushett also said it's better to keep tax dollars out of the funding of the fireworks.

"The time we stopped making donations as a city was when revenue was so tight," he said. "We needed to cut the non-necessary or non-vital things.

"If we ever got to the point where we couldn't do it privately and the revenue situation was better, I'd consider it at that point," Mushett said.

"To me, when the money was tight, it was one of the first things that had to go," he added.