Residents hope to raise private funds for Michigan City fireworks display

2014-02-19T13:38:00Z 2014-02-19T22:19:13Z Residents hope to raise private funds for Michigan City fireworks displayStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 19, 2014 1:38 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | A group of residents are banding together to try to bring back the fireworks in Michigan City.

"Save The Fireworks" is a grassroots effort to raise money to pay for the fireworks eliminated just recently from the city budget.

STF member Linda Simmons said the group will meet for a second time next month at the LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau to keep the momentum going and invitations are extended to the public.

"It's a great way for the community to get involved," Simmons said.

Mayor Ron Meer citing financial constraints took the $50,000 for the fireworks out of the city's budget.

Simmons said that and the other decision by the mayor to hold the fireworks, if brought back, on the Fourth of July were the right calls.

Fireworks annually has been held the weekend after Independence Day as part of the Summerfest activities.

"It draws a tremendous amount of people to the area," Simmons said.

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