Oswego Village Board to Reconsider Fireworks Date Change
May 21, 2015 03:56PM ● Published by Steven Jack
UPDATED 4 p.m. Thursday, May 21
The village of Oswego will reconsider its decision to host this year's July 4 fireworks display on Friday, July 3.
"Due to the overwhelming response to the date change for the Independence Day Fireworks display in the Village of Oswego to July 3, 2015, the Oswego Village Board will again discuss this topic at theTuesday, June 2, 2015 Village Board meeting," said a media release from Thursday afternoon.
The village is encouraging residents who wish to voice their opinion to attend the Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, or to email the Village of Oswego at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Feedback and comments received before the Village Board Meeting will be shared with the Village Board so that all factors are considered when making the decision on the date selected for the Independence Day fireworks display," the media release said.
For the first time in memory, Oswego will not host its July 4 fireworks on the actual holiday.
Village Trustees approved a $10,000 fireworks expenditure Tuesday night that will have the show taking place on Friday, July 3, instead. The change was recommended by the village's Community Relations Department, and trustees approved the change with a unanimous vote of the $10,000 payment.
Upon questioning from Trustee Karin McCarthy-Lange over the change, Community Relations Manager Michele Brown said the new date was picked due to the holiday falling on a Saturday this year.
"Because the Fourth is on a Saturday, I thought it would be a nice way for us to kick off that holiday weekend by doing the fireworks on the Third," Brown said. "We tend to have a lot people that go to parties and go out of town, so they would still be able to attend their hometown festivities on Friday night."
Brown said the date change for this year isn't necessarily permanent. The village will determine future years on a "case-by-case basis," depending on the day of the week of the holiday.
As in year's past, the fireworks will begin at about 9:30 p.m., and will be launched from Prairie Point Park. The rain date will be Saturday, July 4.