ELBURN – Fireworks will fly over Elburn skies again this July, thanks to the Elburn Lions Club and the business community.
Elburn Lions Club past president and member Phil Albano came to the Village Board meeting on May 15 to “pass on the good news” that Elburn is reviving its post-Independence Day fireworks show. The event, Bringing Back the Booms, will take place July 8 at Lions Park.
The park will open at 7 p.m., and the fireworks show, which will last about 25 minutes, will begin after sunset, around 9:15 p.m.
Albano said the Lions Club, the Elburn Chamber of Commerce and businesses within the community have been quietly working behind the scenes to bring back the show that so many in the village had enjoyed for years. The bulk of the cost for the show will be shouldered by the business community.
“We’ve had excellent support,” Albano said. He added that they also have been working closely with police Chief Nick Sikora and fire Chief Joseph Cluchey, who he said have been very helpful with issues of safety.
The vendor chosen to conduct the show, which will be aerial fireworks only, is Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions, located in Elgin. Albano said there was an extensive request for a proposal process, and the company came out on top.
“I feel very comfortable with them,” he said.
Many will remember Day in the Park, a daylong event with bands and vendors that took place before the fireworks display on the Saturday after the Fourth of July.
The last show took place in 2010, after a hiatus in 2009.
From 1997 to 2008, the Day in the Park celebration marked the Independence Day holiday with an all-day lineup of music, food, children’s activities and games, culminating in a fireworks show.
In 2009, the party was canceled as the chamber could not raise enough money to pay for the Day in the Park party or the fireworks.
The event this year will not include Day in the Park.
“This will be a quiet event, of course, other than the fireworks,” Albano said with a smile.
A few items will be sold at the park clubhouse, and there will be a free-will offering for parking at the west side of the park.
“Many of the businesses will be supporting the show, so we want to drive the people to them,” he said.