Grand Junction, Fruita plan lots of bang for their buck at July 4 fireworks shows
The city of Grand Junction hopes to offer the same amount of wow for 20 percent less at this year’s July 4 fireworks show at Lincoln Park.
The city budgeted $25,000 for fireworks last year. The display’s 22-minute run time will remain intact, but the budget has been cut to $20,000 for this Sunday’s fireworks.
Another $5,000 is budgeted for other elements of the fireworks celebration, including security, T-shirts for volunteers, traffic control and sound. That figure is comparable to what was spent last year on those items, but the city attempted to slice off excess costs in those areas, too, Recreation Supervisor Emily Wright said.
“A little bit will be taken out of fireworks, a little bit out of performances, a little bit out of the whole event, but not enough people should notice,” Wright said. “We have made some cuts, but it will be an amazing show.”
Ashley Furniture Home Store and Choice Hotels donated $11,000 to keep the fireworks going this year. Other sponsors have chipped in advertising and printed tickets for the event at no cost, Wright said.
“Without those corporate donations, we might be like other towns and have to cancel,” she said.
The city expects up to $9,000 in ticket sales Sunday to also help pay for the fireworks event’s total price tag. The remaining balance will be paid with city funds.
Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the gate. Children under 2 are admitted free.
Fruita’s $10,000 city-funded fireworks show this Saturday will be “exactly the same” as last year price-wise, according to Parks and Recreation Director Ture Nycum.
“We feel it’s a pretty important event,” Nycum said. “It’s celebrating our country’s birthday, and we want to continue to celebrate it as much as possible.”
The city purchases its fireworks a year in advance, Nycum said, and the Lower Valley Fire Department sets them off. Logan, Utah-based Fireworks West Internationale manufactures and sets off Grand Junction’s fireworks.