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Fireworks to return to North Aurora skies July 3

NORTH AURORA – It will be a red-white-and-blue-letter day when Fourth of July fireworks return to downtown North Aurora.

They will make their splashy entrance July 3. With one dissenting vote, the Village Board on April 3 approved $25,000 for a fireworks show to be put on by Melrose Pyrotechnics, Village Trustee Mark Gaffino said.

“Back before ’09, we … did our own on the Fourth,” Gaffino said. “Then the economy went south.”

To economize, North Aurora contributed toward Aurora’s fireworks display during the intervening years.

“We heard from a lot of residents that they didn’t go to the Aurora [show],” he said. “A lot of people [wanted] them to come back.”

He said the fireworks presentation will last about 20 minutes and will be fired from the riverside park near Village Hall, where they will shimmer off the Fox River.

He said it has been tradition to have patriotic music before the show, and organizers are working on finding musicians, whether it be an American Legion-style band or high school performers. Bringing in food trucks also is being considered, Gaffino said.

After July 3, fans of fireworks will only have to wait a month for their return during the North Aurora Days festival between Aug. 4 and 6.

“We’re considering a couple different companies for a different flavor,” Gaffino said of the August fireworks show selection process of pyrotechnicians.

“They are kind of like artists. They have a certain style.”

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