SYCAMORE – The late-summer fireworks show the Sycamore Park District staged this month could become an annual tradition.
Park board members, encouraged by the turnout and public response to the display they staged Sept. 14 in honor of the park district’s 90th anniversary, have voted to pursue holding a similar display next year.
“Everybody in attendance at the meeting repeated the same basic stories about how the attendees were so complimentary,” board President Ted Strack said Wednesday. “It was just very positive. There were no negative comments at all.”
Park board members voted Tuesday to give the go-ahead to hold the show in 2014.
National Bank & Trust sponsored this year’s fireworks with a donation of about $9,000. The park district will be searching for a similar sponsor to get next year’s fireworks off the ground.
“Certainly we’d like to offer them the opportunity to continue in that role if they’d like to,” Strack said. “If not, we think someone else will step up.”
This year’s display at the Sycamore Sports Complex lasted about 25 minutes and attracted about 2,500 people. The show was preceded by some musical acts, including the Sycamore High School marching band.
A benefit of having the display in the fall – as opposed to July 4 – is that the sun sets earlier, allowing the show to begin before 8 p.m., which is a boon for families with young children.
“I had people tell me that the time of year was perfect,” said Daniel Gibble, the park district’s executive director.
Strack said that although an exact date hadn’t been set yet for the 2014 celebration, it likely would again take place sometime in mid- to late September, and that the board hopes it will continue on in the future.
“I think the anticipation is that it’s going to be an annual event,” Strack said.