Elyria pulls together to bring back July 4 fireworks

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ELYRIA, Ohio -- For the first time since 2008, Elyria will have a 4th of July fireworks celebration.

Mayor Holly Brinda was behind the campaign to make it happen. She helped with fundraising for the summer-time event.

“Elyria is a really a caring community, and we`ve got individuals, corporations and organizations that always step up when we ask them,” she said.

The celebration will be held on July 2 at West Park with a rain date of July 3. The dates were selected to help save on overtime with city personnel.

The mayor said people can expect live music, tons of food and, of course, plenty of entertainment.

“We`re inviting people to come early and enjoy the family atmosphere before the fireworks. There`s going to be a spectacular show coordinated with music, so it`s going to be a great evening,” she said.

Getting to this point wasn’t easy. The mayor had lots of fundraising to do, so to help with that, she set up a page online where people could donate.

In all, she collected more than $46,000 for the fireworks. She said about $30,000 of it will be used specifically for the fireworks, and the rest for services and other amenities needed that day.

Eric Echols said he’s looking forward to the big event.

“It`s about time. I plan to take my kids up there and enjoy it. It`ll give us something to do,” he said.

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