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St. Cloud July 4th Fireworks Committee names Dan Coborn & Coborn′s as 2017 Honorary Fireworks Commissioner

The St. Cloud Fireworks Committee today named Dan Coborn and Coborn′s as the 2017 Honorary July 4th Fireworks Commissioner. 

The Honorary Fireworks Commissioner title recognizes area businesses, residents and organizations who embrace the importance of America′s Independence Day by helping make possible one of the largest July 4th pyrotechnic displays and celebrations in the upper Midwest.

Honorary Fireworks Commissioners have the honor of pushing the button that begins the pyrotechnics on July 4th. They also represent the Fireworks Committee by riding on the St. Cloud Fire Department′s antique Ahrens Fox Firetruck in the Granite City Days parade on June 24 this year. 

“Dan Coborn and Coborn′s have been long time supporters of St. Cloud′s July 4th Fireworks” said Jason Bernick, St. Cloud Fireworks Board Chairman.  “Their support and encouragement is inspiring. Dan started the idea of generating the public′s support and engagement at area Coborn′s stores. This effort annually accounts for a significant portion of the dollars needed for St. Cloud′s July 4th Fireworks. Dan will be missed, but his legacy and that of Coborn′s will continue” said Bernick. 

“The St. Cloud Area July 4th Fireworks are a great tradition on Independence Day for all of us at Coborn′s as well as for the many thousands of fans from the greater St. Cloud area who come together each year to celebrate our freedom and this wonderful fireworks display. We are deeply humbled to be recognized by the Fireworks Committee and know that dad (Dan) would be tremendously proud of all the efforts that go into putting this event together”‚ said Chris Coborn, Coborn′s, Inc′s chairman, president and CEO and son of Dan Coborn. “As someone that has enjoyed this event all of my life, we appreciate being part of this great tradition and helping to make the fireworks a huge success. I′m pleased to see that our community treasures the St. Cloud area fireworks each year.”

 “Dan was and Coborn′s is great supporters of the St. Cloud July 4th Fireworks, and for many other events and organizations in and around St. Cloud. The Coborn family and team are committed to supporting the St. Cloud community and especially the July 4th Fireworks and the History, Celebration and Tradition our event embodies” Tom Richardson, Fireworks Committee Board President said. 

2017 marks the 70th consecutive year for St. Cloud′s Fireworks display making it the longest running and largest attended event in the area. The St. Cloud Fireworks are scheduled for 10:00 pm July 4th. The St. Cloud Municipal Band plays their annual July 4th Concert in Hester Park beginning at 8:30 pm with several musical performances in Wilson Park starting at 4:00 pm. There will be activities and food vendors in both Hester and Wilson Parks most of the day.  “The Fourth of July is the quintessential American Holiday” Richardson said.  “We have the perfect location to celebrate America′s birthday – two beautiful parks along a gorgeous stretch of the upper Mississippi River – all day and with a great fireworks finale” Richardson added.

About the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee:
The St. Cloud Area July 4th Fireworks and Celebration are organized and sponsored by the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization. 2017 is the 70th consecutive year for Fireworks in St. Cloud, the longest running and largest attended event in the St. Cloud area. The Fireworks Display is funded entirely by donations and contributions from area businesses, organizations and individuals. 

Learn more at www.stcloudfireworks.org 
Learn more about Coborn′s at www.coborns.com


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St. Cloud July 4th Fireworks Committee names Jason Bernick & Bernicks 
as the 2016 Honorary Fireworks Commissioner

The St. Cloud Fireworks Committee today named Jason Bernick and Bernicks as the 2016 Honorary July 4th Fireworks Commissioner. 

The Honorary Fireworks Commissioner title recognizes area businesses, residents and organizations who embrace the importance of America’s Independence Day by helping make possible one of the largest July 4th pyrotechnic displays in the upper Midwest.

”Jason Bernick and Bernicks have been long time supporters of St. Cloud’s July 4th Fireworks” said Brent Anderson, St. Cloud Fireworks Board Treasurer.  ”Their support and encouragement is inspiring.  Jason’s leadership as Chairman of the Fireworks Committee Board of Directors has been key in both expanding our July 4th celebration and staying focused on why we celebrate July 4th and the mission of the Fireworks Committee” according to Anderson. ”It is also fitting that Bernicks is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year” Anderson added. 

”The St. Cloud Area July 4th Fireworks are a great American Tradition on Independence Day for me as well as many others from the area. I am deeply humbled to be recognized by the Fireworks Committee.” Bernick said. ”As someone that has enjoyed this event all of my life, it’s great to be involved in helping make the Fireworks a success. I’m pleased to see that our community treasures the St. Cloud Area Fireworks.”

Honorary Fireworks Commissioners have the honor of pushing the button that begins the pyrotechnics on July 4th.  They also represent the Fireworks Committee by riding on the St. Cloud Fire Department’s antique Ahrens Fox Firetruck in the Granite City Days parade on June 25.

”Jason and Bernicks are great supporters of the St. Cloud July 4th Fireworks, and for many other events and organizations in and around St. Cloud.  Bernicks and Jason are committed to supporting the St. Cloud community and especially the July 4th Fireworks and the History, Celebration and Tradition our event embodies’ Tom Richardson, Fireworks Committee Board President said.

2016 marks the 69th consecutive year for St. Cloud’s Fireworks display making it the longest running and largest attended event in the area.  The St. Cloud Fireworks are scheduled for 10:00 pm July 4th.  The St. Cloud Municipal Band plays their annual July 4th Concert in Hester Park beginning at 8:30 pm and the Robby Vee band will be performing in Wilson Park starting at 7:00 pm.  There will be activities and food vendors in both Hester and Wilson Parks most of the day.  ”The Fourth of July is the quintessential American Holiday” Richardson said.  ”We have the perfect location to celebrate America’s birthday – two beautiful parks along a gorgeous stretch of the upper Mississippi River – all day and with a great fireworks finale” Richardson added.


About the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee:
The St. Cloud Area July 4th Fireworks and Celebration are organized and sponsored by the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization.  2016 is the 69th consecutive year for Fireworks in St. Cloud, the longest running and largest attended event in the St. Cloud area.  The Fireworks Display is funded entirely by donations and contributions from area businesses, organizations and individuals.  



Learn more at www.stcloudfireworks.org
Learn more about Bernicks at http://www.bernicks.com


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GNP COMPANY DONATION MATCH FOR 2016 ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS

The St. Cloud Fireworks Committee announced today that GNP Company will make a matching donation for the 2016 St. Cloud July 4th Fireworks – for every dollar raised, GNP Company will donate one pound of chicken to Catholic Charities.

According to Jason Bernick, St. Cloud Fireworks Board Chairman, ′this represents a great opportunity to make an important impact with hungry children and families through the generosity of all who help support the St. Cloud July 4th Fireworks′. I′m gratified with the GNP Company′s generosity, and the generosity of all who can now support the Fireworks and those in the community in need′.

Lexann Reischl, GNP Company Corporate relations manager added ′′ We feel fortunate to be able to give back to the community we′ve been a part of since 1926. Nothing is more important for healthy families than a nutritious protein source like chicken, and we than the St. Cloud Times and Catholic Charities and the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee for the opportunity to participate in something that will benefit so many′′ .

′′ Who knew raising funds for Fireworks could also benefit people coping with food insecurity who visit Catholic Charities Emergency Food Shelf? What a terrific idea – a fundraising idea that benefits the community on multiple levels. Our thanks to GNP Company for offering to provide this match incentive′′ , said Kathyrn Stolpman, Catholic Charities Emergency Food Shelf

The Fireworks Committee is the organizing entity for the St. Cloud Area Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration. 2016, America′s 240 Birthday, will be the 69th consecutive Fireworks display in the St. Cloud Area.

About the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee: The St. Cloud Area July 4th Fireworks and Celebration are organized and sponsored by the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization. 2016 is the 69th consecutive year for Fireworks in St. Cloud, the longest running and largest attended event in the St. Cloud area. The Fireworks Display is funded entirely by donations and contributions from area businesses, organizations and individuals.

Learn more about GNP Company at http://www.gnpcompany.com
Learn more about Catholic Charities at http://ccstcloud.org


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Robby Vee to perform at July 4th Fireworks Celebration

 

Concert presented by Granite City Motor Car

 

The St. Cloud Fireworks Committee announced today that Robby Vee and His Rock and Roll Caravan will perform in Wilson Park on July 4th leading up to the St. Cloud Fireworks Display.  This year′s Wilson Park performance is presented by Granite City Motor Car.

 

The Fireworks Committee is the organizing entity for the St. Cloud Area Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration.  ″We are excited to have Robby Vee and His Rock and Roll Caravan perform this year.  Granite City Motor Car is the presenting sponsor for this part of our celebration.″ said Jason Bernick, Chairman of the STC Fireworks Committee.  

 

Robby Vee, a Second Generation Rocker & Rockabilly Hall of Famer, provides a show of electricity and music.  Vee has been performing his unique style of Rock-n- Roll music for years on stages across the globe, and is known for combining elements of his vast repertoire telling stories that bridge the generation gap from “the roots of Rock n Roll to the new sounds of Americana music of today”. As an Entertainer with many studio records to his name, countless guest artist credits, and a history of extensive touring, Vee has captured the attention of audiences and respected industry professionals both Nationally and Internationally.

 

2016, America′s 240 Birthday, will be the 69th consecutive Fireworks display in the St. Cloud Area.

 

About the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee:

The St. Cloud Area July 4th Fireworks and Celebration are organized and sponsored by the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization.  2016 is the 69th consecutive year for Fireworks in St. Cloud, the longest running and largest attended event in the St. Cloud area.  The Fireworks Display is funded entirely by donations and contributions from area businesses, organizations and individuals.  

 

Learn more at www.stcloudfireworks.org

 

Learn more about Robby Vee and His Rock and Roll Caravan at http://www.robbyvee.com


PRESS RELEASE
September 17, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF GNP COMPANY DONATION MATCH FOR JULY 4TH FIREWORKS FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS ANNOUNCED TODAY A TOTAL OF $62,664.82 WAS RAISED IN CASH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE 2015 JULY 4TH FIREWORKS, MEANING GNP COMPANY WILL DONATE 62,664 POUNDS OF CHICKEN TO CATHOLIC CHARITIES, OR ENOUGH CHICKEN SERVINGS FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER-OF-A-MILLION MEALS.

EARLIER THIS YEAR GNP COMPANY ANNOUNCED IT WOULD DONATE ONE POUND OF CHICKEN TO CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOR EVERY ONE DOLLAR DONATED TO THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS.

“I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE GENEROSITY OF GNP COMPANY’S MATCHING CONTRIBUTION OF A POUND OF CHICKEN TO CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOR EVERY DOLLAR DONATED TO THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS” ACCORDING TO JASON BERNICK, ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE BOARD CHAIRMAN. “THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY VIEWING THE FIREWORKS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR NATION’S BIRTHDAY WHILE HELPING PEOPLE WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN A TIME OF NEED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED FINANCIALLY TO THE MATCHING DONATION.

LEXANN REISCHL, GNP COMPANY CORPORATE RELATIONS MANAGER ADDED “WE FEEL FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WE’VE BEEN A PART OF SINCE 1926. NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR HEALTHY FAMILIES THAN A NUTRITIOUS PROTEIN SOURCE LIKE CHICKEN, AND WE THANK THE ST. CLOUD TIMES AND CATHOLIC CHARITIES AND THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE FOR THE CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN SOMETHING THAT WILL BENEFIT SO MANY”.

“WHO KNEW RAISING FUNDS FOR FIREWORKS COULD ALSO BENEFIT PEOPLE COPING WITH FOOD INSECURITY WHO VISIT CATHOLIC CHARITIES EMERGENCY SERVICES FOOD SHELF? WHAT A TERRIFIC IDEA – A FUNDRAISING IDEA THAT BENEFITS THE COMMUNITY ON MULTIPLE LEVELS. OUR THANKS TO GNP COMPANY FOR OFFERING TO PROVIDE THIS MATCH INCENTIVE”, SAID KATHRYN STOLPMAN, CATHOLIC CHARITIES EMERGENCY SERVICES FOOD SHELF.

2015 MARKED THE 68TH CONSECUTIVE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN ST. CLOUD. THE 2015 FIREWORKS ATTRACTED MORE THAN 40,000 PEOPLE TO VIEW THE FIREWORKS THIS YEAR.

PLANNING FOR THE 69TH CONSECUTIVE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS IN 2016 IS UNDERWAY.

THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ARE ORGANIZED AND SPONSORED BY THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE, AN ALL-VOLUNTEER 501(c)(3) ORGANIZATION. THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS FUNDED ENTIRELY BY DONATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS FROM AREA BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS. YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT THE FIREWORKS WEBSITE WWW.STCLOUDFIREWORKS.ORG OR FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER @STCFIREWORKS.

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PRESS RELEASE
JUNE 22, 2015


FINAL COUNTDOWN TO JULY 4TH 2015 FIREWORKS
ST. CLOUD MUNICIPAL BAND/RED BULL BAND CONCERT

THE US ARMY NATIONAL GUARD 34TH INFANTRY DIVISION RED BULL BAND WILL PERFORM A JOINT CONCERT WITH THE ST. CLOUD MUNICIPAL BAND IN HESTER PARK, AND THE RED BULL ROCK BAND WILL PERFORM A CONCERT IN WILSON PARK ON JULY 4TH.

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN TO CENTRAL MINNESOTA’S LARGEST JULY 4TH FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS UNDERWAY AND THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED TODAY THE US ARMY NATIONAL GUARD 34TH INFANTRY DIVISION RED BULL BAND WILL PERFORM A JOINT CONCERT WITH THE ST. CLOUD MUNICIPAL BAND IN HESTER PARK, AND THE RED BULL ROCK BAND WILL PERFORM A CONCERT IN WILSON PARK ON JULY 4TH.

THE BARGE LAUNCH PLATFORM IS PLACED IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ON JUNE 23 AS FINAL PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR THE LONGEST RUNNING AND LARGEST ATTENDED EVENT IN THE ST. CLOUD AREA.

The 34th Infantry Division "Red Bull" Band provides music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in US forces the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.

Officially organized 30 April 1900, the 34th Infantry Division Band has proudly served state and nation for over 114 years, seeing service in WWI, WWII and the Global War on Terrorism.  Whether performing for the public, supporting military ceremonies, or entertaining US Service members and our allies the Soldier-Musicians of the Red Bull Band are honored to serve in one of the US Army's most respected Divisions.

The 34th Infantry Division Band is CREDITED with participation in the following campaigns:

   WWI                        Tunisia 1942-1943
   Naples-Foggia 1943-1944            Anzio 1944    
   Rome-Arno 1944                    North Apennines 1944-1945    
   Po Valley 1945                    
   Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraqi Sovereignty

In recognition of the achievements of the 34th Infantry Division Band the unit has earned the French Croix de Guerre (WWII), the Meritorious Unit Citation (Iraq), and the Colonel George S. Howard Citation for Musical Excellence.

The St. Cloud Municipal Band has been performing great music since the 1800s. Every year, the band performs over twenty free concerts at venues all around the St. Cloud area, including Barden Park, the Whitney Senior Center, and at Hester Park on July 4th since 2000.  The Band has been performing patriotic concerts on or near July 4th for over 100 years.

The first record of the band was reported in the St. Cloud Times as early as 1887, and it is believed the band had been in existence at least a few years before then.

Prior to the turn of the century they were the only band in the nation that played while riding bicycles.  In 1895 this bicycle band was featured at the Minnesota State Fair.

In 1923, G. Oliver Riggs, St. Cloud’s “Music Man,” was invited to build a new boys band in the city.  By 1928 his band was 233 members strong and was billed as the largest band in the world.
In 1964 the band was the first to perform in the Benedicta Arts Center at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The band has performed in China, Spalt, Germany (St. Cloud’s Sister City), Mexico and for deployment ceremonies for the Minnesota National Guard.

Alumni of the band have become members of the U.S. Navy Band, big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Gene Krupa, the Washington Redskins Football Band, and many other military and professional groups.

“We are proud to host the Red Bull Band in a joint concert at Hester Park for this year’s July 4th fireworks concert,” said Joe Fox, St. Cloud Municipal Band Business Manager. “I encourage everyone to come out to Hester Park for the food, fireworks and performances starting at 8:00 p.m. and going right up to the start of the fireworks of both the St. Cloud Municipal Band and the Red Bull Band. We’ll be on the ShowMobile with plenty of seating on the hill overlooking the Mississippi for a great view of the bands and the fireworks!”

“I have lived in Minnesota for 15 years and have always heard that St. Cloud with its amazing fireworks show and celebration is the place to be on the Fourth of July! The 34th Infantry Division "Red Bull" Band is proud to be a part of the 68th annual Fourth of July festivities in St. Cloud” said Chief Warrant Officer and Red Bull Bandmaster David J. Stordalen.

“The Red Bull Band is excited to team up with the St. Cloud Municipal Band to present a two hour star spangled musical extravaganza in beautiful Hester Park that celebrates America's amazing heritage and history. We have planned an extraordinary finale where both bands will perform together America's favorite patriotic music as the fireworks begin to fill the night air” Stordalen added.

‘WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE THIS YEAR THAT TWO GREAT BANDS ARE GOING TO COLLABORATE ON WHAT WILL BE A TREMENDOUS PERFORMANCE FOR ST. CLOUD’S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION’ TOM RICHARDSON, FIREWORKS COMMITTEE MEMBER AND FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER SAID.

“ST. CLOUD’S JULY FOURTH FIREWORKS ARE PART OF THIS AREA’S GREAT AMERICAN TRADITION.  IT’S ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER TO ENJOY THE DAY AND EVENING AND FIREWORKS” RICHARDSON SAID.

2015 YEAR MARKS THE 68TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR FOR ST. CLOUD’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRADITION.  THE 2015 FIREWORKS ARE SCHEDULED FOR 10 P.M. JULY 4TH. MORE THAN 40,000 PEOPLE COME TO VIEW THE FIREWORKS EACH YEAR.

THE HESTER PARK ST. CLOUD MUNICIPAL BAND/RED BULL BAND CONCERT WILL BE FROM 8:00 – 10:00PM.

THE WILSON PARK RED BULL ROCK BAND CONCERT WILL BE FROM 7:00 – 10:00 PM.

‘THE FOURTH OF JULY IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL AMERICAN HOLIDAY’ – RICHARDSON SAID.  ‘WE HAVE THE PERFECT LOCATION TO CELEBRATE AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY - TWO BEAUTIFUL PARKS ALONG A GORGEOUS STRETCH OF THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER -– ALL DAY AND WITH A FIREWORKS FINALE.’  ‘THE FIREWORKS COMMITTEE IS CHARGED WITH MAKING SURE EVERYTHING IS IN PLACE FOR THE GENERATIONS OF FAMILIES AND FRIENDS THAT GATHER AND HAVE A GREAT TIME TOGETHER EACH YEAR, AND CONTINUING THE RICH TRADITION WE HELP KEEP GOING STRONG’ RICHARDSON SAID.

THE FIRST JULY 4TH FIREWORKS DISPLAYS WERE LAUNCHED IN ST. CLOUD AT LAKE GEORGE STARTING IN 1947 AND CONTINUED THERE FOR SEVERAL YEARS UNTIL THEY WERE MOVED TO THE BENTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.

THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS WERE MOVED TO WILSON PARK TO HANDLE THE GROWING CROWDS AND LARGER SHELLS FIRED TO CELEBRATE AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY.  AS SAFETY GUIDELINES REQUIRED MORE SAFETY ZONE DISTANCE FOR SPECTATORS, THE VIEWING AREA IN THE PARK WAS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED.  THE LAUNCH SITE WAS MOVED ON TO THE RIVER IN 2006 TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SAFETY AND MORE VIEWING AREAS FOR SPECTATORS.

THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ARE ORGANIZED AND SPONSORED BY THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE, AN ALL-VOLUNTEER 501(C)(3) GROUP.  THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS FUNDED ENTIRELY BY DONATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS FROM AREA BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS.

EARLIER THIS YEAR THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED  A DONATION MATCH WITH GNP COMPANY – FOR EVERY DOLLAR RAISED FOR THIS YEAR’S JULY 4TH FIREWORKS, GNP COMPANY WILL DONATE ONE POUND OF CHICKEN TO CATHOLIC CHARITIES EMERGENCY FOOD SHELVES.

AND COBORNS IS MATCHING UP TO $5000.00 ALL DONATIONS MADE AT PARTICIPATING COBORNS STORES BY JULY 4TH.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT THE FIREWORKS WEBSITE WWW.STCLOUDFIREWORKS.ORG OR FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER @STCFIREWORKS.
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May 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES GNP COMPANY DONATION MATCH FOR JULY 4TH FIREWORKS FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS ANNOUNCED TODAY A DONATION MATCH WITH GNP COMPANY – FOR EVERY DOLLAR RAISED FOR THIS YEAR’S JULY 4TH FIREWORKS, GNP WILL DONATE ONE POUND OF CHICKEN TO CATHOLIC CHARITIES.

THIS REPRESENTS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO TRULY MAKE AN IMPACT WITH HUNGRY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES THIS YEAR THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF ALL WHO HELP SUPPORT THE ST. CLOUD JULY 4TH FIREWORKS.

“I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE GENEROSITY OF GNP COMPANY’S MATCHING CONTRIBUTION OF A POUND OF CHICKEN TO CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOR EVERY DOLLAR DONATED TO THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS” ACCORDING TO JASON BERNICK, ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE BOARD CHAIRMAN.  “THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY VIEWING THE FIREWORKS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR NATION’S BIRTHDAY WHILE HELPING PEOPLE WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN A TIME OF NEED.”

LEXANN REISCHL, GNP COMPANY CORPORATE RELATIONS MANAGER ADDED “WE FEEL FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WE’VE BEEN A PART OF SINCE 1926.  NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR HEALTHY FAMILIES THAN A NUTRITIOUS PROTEIN SOURCE LIKE CHICKEN, AND WE THANK THE ST. CLOUD TIMES AND CATHOLIC CHARITIES AND THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN SOMETHING THAT WILL BENEFIT SO MANY”.

“WHO KNEW RAISING FUNDS FOR FIREWORKS COULD ALSO BENEFIT PEOPLE COPING WITH FOOD INSECURITY WHO VISIT CATHOLIC CHARITIES EMERGENCY SERVICES FOOD SHELF?  WHAT A TERRIFIC IDEA – A FUNDRAISING IDEA THAT BENEFITS THE COMMUNITY ON MULTIPLE LEVELS.  OUR THANKS TO GNP COMPANY FOR OFFERING TO PROVIDE THIS MATCH INCENTIVE”, SAID KATHRYN STOLPMAN, CATHOLIC CHARITIES EMERGENCY SERVICES FOOD SHELF.

AREA RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE A DONATION BY SENDING A CHECK TO THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE, % GRAY PLANT MOOTY, ATTN: MARILEE JOHNSON, 1010 W ST. GERMAIN, SUITE 500, ST. CLOUD MN 56301.

2015 MARKS THE 68TH CONSECUTIVE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN ST. CLOUD.   THE 2015 FIREWORKS IS SCHEDULED FOR 10 P.M. JULY 4TH. MORE THAN 40,000 PEOPLE COME TO VIEW THE FIREWORKS EACH YEAR.

THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ARE ORGANIZED AND SPONSORED BY THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE, AN ALL-VOLUNTEER 501(c)(3) ORGANIZATION.  THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS FUNDED ENTIRELY BY DONATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS FROM AREA BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT THE FIREWORKS WEBSITE WWW.STCLOUDFIREWORKS.ORG OR FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER @STCFIREWORKS.
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Press Release

December 17, 2014


July 4th Fireworks names Rich Wilson as 2015 Honorary Fireworks Commissioner


The St. Cloud Fireworks Committee named Rich Wilson, Assistant Chief, St. Cloud Police Department, as the 2015 Honorary July 4th Fireworks Commissioner.  

The Honorary Fireworks Commissioner title recognizes area businesses, residents and organizations who embrace the importance of America's Independence Day by helping make possible one of the largest July 4th Fireworks shows in the upper midwest.

Assistant Chief Rich Wilson has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of the public safety component of the July 4th Fireworks, and has been involved with many of the fireworks previous 67 years, according to the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee.

"St. Cloud's July Fourth Fireworks are part of this area's great American traditions" Rich Wilson said.  "I've worked the fireworks almost every year for 24 years - it's been fun to watch the success and popularity of the fireworks grow over the years.  I've seen the number of people in Hester and Wilson park grow.  It's all about community and people coming together to enjoy the day and evening and fireworks" Wilson said.

"Using Wilson and Hester parks for viewing areas is great - everybody can get a front row seat for a great show. even St. Cloud Hospital patients have a great view - I know because last year I watched the fireworks from the hospital as a patient."

St. Cloud's fireworks are the area's largest event each year, requiring most of St. Cloud's Police Department officers to be involved on duty in some way.   Wilson also pointed out the Police Department's Benefit Association has become an integral volunteer component for the fireworks.  "It's about working together with the community" Wilson said.

Wilson is battling stage 4 cancer.  He has been with the St. Cloud Police Department since 1990.  A St. Cloud State University graduate, Wilson served as St. Cloud's interim chief of police from January through August 2012.

"Rich is waging a courageous battle against cancer.  He has beaten the odds the last year and a half and we hope and pray he wins this round.  We are recognizing Rich now as the 2015 Honorary Fireworks Commissioner so he and his family may fully embrace it.  Whatever July 4 2015 brings us, Rich Wilson is and will be our Honorary Fireworks Commissioner" Tom Richardson, Fireworks Committee volunteer said.

Richardson said that Rich Wilson was one of the first people he approached when the Fireworks Committee was urged to launch the annual July 4th fireworks display from the Mississippi river and include activities in both Wilson and Hester parks. "Some people said ‘you want to do what?' Rich immediately made suggestions for making sure the Fourth of July would be a safe and fun day and evening for all.  He saw the big picture, brought a ‘can do' attitude to our planning and made sure all aspects of set up, implementation and the event went off in big way.  Rich, along with the entire St. Cloud Police Department, makes sure that everyone who comes with friends and families to celebrate July 4th each year can do so in a safe, family friendly atmosphere.  Rich has done so much for the fireworks - he's personally attended to key details large and small." Richardson said.

"Rich has gone above and beyond the call of duty - not just for the fireworks, but for many events and activities in and around St. Cloud - and is an inspiration for many.  As Rich Wilson and his family show us, the July 4th Fireworks are about history, celebration and tradition," Richardson said.

Honorary Fireworks Commissioners have the honor of pushing the button that begins the pyrotechnics on July 4th.  They also represent the Fireworks Committee by riding on the St. Cloud Fire Department's antique Arens Fox firetruck in the Granite City Days parade.

2015 year marks the Fireworks show's 68th consecutive year.  The 2015 fireworks, is scheduled for 10 p.m. July 4th. More than 40,000 people come to view the fireworks each year.

‘The Fourth of July is the quintessential American holiday' - Richardson said.  ‘we have the perfect location to celebrate America's birthday - two beautiful parks along a gorgeous stretch of the upper Mississippi river -- all day and with a fireworks finale.'  ‘The Fireworks Committee is charged with making sure everything is in place for the generations of families and friends that gather and have a great time together each year, and continuing the rich tradition we help keep going strong' Richardson said.

The first July 4th Fireworks displays were launched in St. Cloud at Lake George starting in 1947 and continued there for several years until they were moved to the Benton County fairgrounds. 

The July 4th Fireworks were moved to Wilson park to handle the growing crowds and larger shells fired to celebrate America's birthday.  As safety guidelines required more safety zone distance for spectators, the viewing area in the park was significantly reduced.  The launch site was moved on to the Mississippi River in 2006 to provide additional safety and more viewing areas for spectators.

The July 4th Fireworks are organized and sponsored by the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee, an all-volunteer group.  the Fireworks display is funded entirely by donations and contributions from area businesses and individuals. 

You can learn more at the Fireworks website www.stcloudfireworks.org or follow them on twitter @stcfireworks.

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PRESS RELEASE

June 17, 2014

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS NAMES BEULAH ROSE HUTCHENS AS 2014 HONORARY FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER
2014 ST. CLOUD AREA JULY 4TH PYROTECHNICS DISPLAY BEGINS FINAL COUNT DOWN TO LAUNCH

THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE TODAY NAMED BEULAH ROSE HUTCHENS, A LONG TIME FIREWORKS SUPPORTER, AS THE 2014 HONORARY JULY 4TH FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER.

THE HONORARY FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER TITLE RECOGNIZES AREA BUSINESSES, RESIDENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO EMBRACE THE IMPORTANCE OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY BY HELPING MAKE POSSIBLE ONE OF THE LARGEST JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SHOWS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST.

HONORARY FIREWORKS COMMISSIONERS HAVE THE HONOR OF PUSHING THE BUTTON THAT BEGINS THE PYROTECHNICS ON JULY 4TH.  THEY ALSO REPRESENT THE FIREWORKS COMMITTEE BY RIDING ON THE ST. CLOUD FIRE DEPARTMENT’S ANTIQUE ARENS FOX FIRETRUCK IN THE GRANITE CITY DAYS PARADE JUNE 28TH.

BEULAH ROSE HUTCHENS, 88, HAS BEEN A LONGTIME SUPPORTER OF THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS, AND HAS ENJOYED THE FIREWORKS FOR MOST OF THE FIRWORKS PREVIOUS 66 YEARS.

“THIS IS SO EXCITING AND PROBABLY THE BIGGEST HONOR OF MY LIFE.  I’VE LIVED IN ST. CLOUD FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS AND MY FAMILY HAS ATTENDED ALMOST EVERY FIREWORKS SHOW.  THE KIDS REMEMBER WELL GOING TO THE FIREWORKS WHEN THEY WERE VERY YOUNG.  WATCHING THE FIREWORKS IS A HAPPY FAMILY TRADITION, THE KIDS LOVED IT AND EVERYBODY WAS ALWAYS ON DECK FOR THAT.  WE THINK ST. CLOUD HAS THE BEST FIREWORKS AROUND.  OUR FAMILY HAS ALWAYS ENJOYED THEM AND WE HAVE SOME SPECIAL MEMORIES OF JULY 4TH IN ST. CLOUD.” BEULAH ROSE HUTCHENS SAID.

TOM RICHARDSON, FIREWORKS COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER AND OFFICIAL UNOFFICIAL FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER SAID THAT FOR DECADES BEULAH ROSE AND HER FAMILY HAVE ENJOYED THE FIREWORKS AND MADE WATCHING THE FIREWORKS TOGETHER A FAMILY TRADITION.   BEULAH ROSE HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTING TO THE FIREWORKS FUND FOR MANY YEARS.

“BEULAH ROSE HUTCHENS – AND HER FAMILY - EMBODY THE FAMILY TRADITION OF GENERATIONS WATCHING THE FIREWORKS TOGETHER AND CELEBRATING AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY AND INDEPENDENCE DAY. LISTENING TO BEULAH ROSE’S STORIES OF PAST FIREWORKS AND OF HER BRINGING HER YOUNG CHILDREN TO THE FIREWORKS AND THEN HAVING THEM COME YEARS LATER TO CELEBRATE WITH THE FAMILY IS AN INSPIRATION FOR KEEPING THE FIREWORKS TRADITION GOING STRONG.  BEULAH ROSE REPRESENTS ALL FAMILIES AND EVERYBODY WHO CELBRATES AND GATHERS EACH YEAR TO ENJOY OUR JULY FOURTH FIREWORKS AND HELPS SUPPORT THEM.  WE’RE HELPING PLAN FOR FOUR GENERATIONS OF BEULAH ROSE’S FAMILY TO CELEBRATE TOGETHER AT THIS YEAR’S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS” RICHARDSON SAID.

THIS YEAR MARKS THE FIREWORKS SHOW’S 67TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR - AND 9TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR LAUNCHING FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BETWEEN HESTER AND WILSON PARKS.

THIS YEAR’S SHOW, AGAIN SET TO MUSIC, IS SCHEDULED FOR 10 P.M. JULY 4TH.

“AS BEULAH ROSE AND HER FAMILY SHOW US, THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ARE ABOUT HISTORY, CELEBRATION AND TRADITION,” RICHARDSON SAID.
EACH YEAR THE FIREWORKS COMMITTEE ALSO SEEKS TO HONOR MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY FOR THEIR SERVICE.  THERE WILL BE A COMPLIMENTARY RESERVED SEATING AREA IN WILSON PARK FOR MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TO ENJOY THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR, ROCKIE LYNNE, COUNTRY WESTERN STAR, SINGER, SONGWRITER AND A VETERAN, WILL PERFORM A TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS CONCERT IN THE RESERVED SEATING AREA IN WILSON PARK FROM 7:00 – 10:00 PM.

“WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN AND CONTINUE TO GIVE SO MUCH TO MAKE AND KEEP AMERICA SAFE, AND WE WANT THEM TO HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS.”  RICHARDSON SAID.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, ACTIVE  AND RETIRED, REGULAR AND GUARD, ARE INVITED TO THE WILSON PARK RESERVED SEATING AREA.  THEY JUST NEED TO BRING A MILITARY ID.  A LIMITED NUMBER OF CONCERT SEATING ZONE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE.
LAUNCHED FROM A BARGE IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER NEAR THE ST. CLOUD WATER TREATMENT PLANT, GREAT VIEWING AREAS ARE AVAILABLE IN BOTH HESTER AND WILSON PARKS, ALONG 5TH AVENUE NORTH AND OTHER SPOTS IN THE AREA. MORE THAN 40,000 PEOPLE COME TO VIEW THE FIREWORKS.

‘THE FOURTH OF JULY REPRESENTS ALL THAT IS GOOD WITH AMERICA’ – RICHARDSON SAID.  ‘WE HAVE THE PERFECT PLACE  - TWO BEAUTIFUL PARKS ALONG A GORGEOUS STRETCH OF THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER - TO CELEBRATE AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY – ALL DAY AND WITH A FIREWORKS FINALE.’  ‘THE FIREWORKS COMMITTEE IS CHARGED WITH MAKING SURE EVERYTHING IS IN PLACE FOR THE GENERATIONS OF FAMILIES AND FRIENDS THAT GATHER AND HAVE A GREAT TIME TOGETHER EACH YEAR, AND CONTINUING THE RICH TRADITION WE HELP KEEP GOING STRONG’ RICHARDSON SAID.

FIREWORKS ORGANIZERS SAID THE ST. CLOUD MUNICIPAL BAND WILL PLAY A PRE-FIREWORKS CONCERT IN HESTER PARK BEGINNING AT 8:30 PM.
THERE WILL BE FOOD VENDORS AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND OTHERS IN BOTH WILSON AND HESTER PARKS AGAIN THIS YEAR AND THE FIREWORKS WILL BE SYNCHRONIZED TO A SPECIALLY SELECTED SOUNDTRACK AIRED ON LEIGHTON BROADCASTING.  SPECTATORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING RADIOS TO ENJOY THE SOUNDTRACK.

THE FIRST FIREWORKS SHOWS WERE LAUNCHED IN ST. CLOUD AT LAKE GEORGE STARTING IN 1947 AND CONTINUED THERE FOR SEVERAL YEARS UNTIL THEY WERE MOVED TO THE BENTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.

THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS WERE MOVED TO WILSON PARK TO HANDLE THE GROWING CROWDS AND LARGER SHELLS FIRED TO CELEBRATE AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY.  AS SAFETY GUIDELINES REQUIRED MORE ‘SAFETY ZONE’ DISTANCE FOR SPECTATORS, THE VIEWING AREA IN THE PARK WAS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED.  THE LAUNCH SITE WAS MOVED ON TO THE RIVER IN 2006 TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SAFETY AND MORE VIEWING AREAS FOR SPECTATORS.

THIS YEAR’S FIREWORKS SHOW, SET TO A MUSIC SOUNDTRACK, IS SCHEDULED FOR 10 P.M. FRIDAY JULY 4TH.

THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ARE ORGANIZED AND SPONSORED BY THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE, AN ALL-VOLUNTEER GROUP.  THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS FUNDED ENTIRELY BY DONATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS FROM AREA BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS.

A TRAVEL TRAILER DONATED BY PLEASURELAND RV IS BEING RAFFLED THIS YEAR TO HELP PAY FOR THE FIREWORKS.  TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT AREA BUSINESSES.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT THE FIREWORKS WEBSITE WWW.STCLOUDFIREWORKS.ORG OR FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER @STCFIREWORKS.
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CONTACT:
TOM RICHARDSON
612.940.6364
tomrichardson@att.net
www.stcfireworks.org
FIREWORKS COMMITTEE


BEULAH ROSE HUTCHENS
320.281.5143

PRESS RELEASE

June 2, 2013
 
JULY 4TH FIREWORKS NAMES TIMES MEDIA AS 2013 HONORARY FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER

2013 ST. CLOUD AREA JULY 4TH PYROTECHNICS DISPLAY BEGINS COUNT DOWN TO LAUNCH
 
THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE TODAY NAMED TIMES MEDIA, AS THE 2013 HONORARY JULY 4TH FIREWORKS COMMISSIONERS.  

THE HONORARY FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER TITLE RECOGNIZES AREA BUSINESSES, RESIDENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO EMBRACE THE IMPORTANCE OF AMERICAS INDEPENDENCE BY HELPING MAKE POSSIBLE ONE OF THE LARGEST JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SHOWS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST.

THE ST. CLOUD TIMES AND TIMES MEDIA HAVE BEEN A LONGTIME SUPPORTER FOR THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS, PROVIDING IN-KIND ADVERTISING AND MARKETING SUPPORT, ALONG WITH KEY VOLUNTEER SUPPORT.

ON BEHALF OF ALL OUR STAFFERS, TIMES MEDIA IS GRATEFUL FOR THE HONOR OF SERVING AS THE HONORARY FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER.  THE VOLUNTEERS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAKE THE FIREWORKS A REALITY EACH FOURTH OF JULY ARE TO BE COMMENDED FOR THEIR EFFORTS.  WE APPLAUD THE EVENTS FOCUS ON OUR NATIONS FREEDOMS.  WE ALSO SALUTE THE EFFORTS TO HONOR THOSE VETERANS WHO PROTECT THOSE FREEDOMS.  THE FIREWORKS EVENT IS A WAY TO BRING OUR GROWING COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE OUR NATIONS BIRTHDAY.  OUR DEEPEST THANKS FOR ALLOWING US TO BE PART OF THE 66TH ANNUAL SHOW JOHN BODETTE, INTERIM PUBLISHER AND EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE ST. CLOUD TIMES SAID.

TOM RICHARDSON, FIREWORKS COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER AND OFFICIAL UNOFFICIAL FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER SAID THAT FOR DECADES TIMES MEDIA HAS HELPED PROMOTE THE JULY FOURTH FIREWORKS.  DURING THE PREVIOUS SEVEN YEARS, VOLUNTEERS FROM THE TIMES MEDIA TEAM HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN MAKING POSSIBLE THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN ST. CLOUD. TIMES MEDIA TEAM MEMBERS HELPED ORGANIZE SEVERAL FACETS OF THE FIREWORKS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, TIMES MEDIA EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES HELP SET UP ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DONOR AREA IN HESTER PARK EARLY IN THE MORNING OF JULY 4TH.

TIMES MEDIA AND ITS EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN GREAT SUPPORTERS AND FRIENDS OF THE FIREWORKS.  IN ADDITION TO THE TREMENDOUS SPONSORED ADVERTISING AND MARKETING SUPPORT VIA THE SPONSORSHIP THEY PROVIDE, TIMES MEDIA HAS TAKEN ON ONE OF THE LEAST GLAMOROUS, BUT MOST IMPORTANT TASKS OF MAKING SURE THE DONOR AREA IS SET AND READY TO GO.  EVERY YEAR I AM AMAZED AT THEIR GROUP OF EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERS WHO SHOW UP EARLY ON A HOLIDAY TO HELP MAKE JULY 4TH SPECIAL FOR OTHERS. IT IS A GREAT TESTAMENT TO THEIR COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND PRIDE, AND AN HONOR TO WORK WITH A GROUP OF SUCH GENEROUS INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATION, RICHARDSON SAID.

THIS YEAR MARKS THE FIREWORKS SHOWS 66TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR - AND 8TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR LAUNCHING FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BETWEEN HESTER AND WILSON PARKS.


June 1, 2012

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS NAMES HONORARY FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER
 2012 ST. CLOUD AREA July 4th Pyrotechnics Display counts down to launch

THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE TODAY NAMED THE 1st COMBINED ARMS BATTALION, 194TH ARMOR REGIMENT, AS THE 2012 HONORARY JULY 4TH FIREWORKS COMMISSIONERS.  

THE 194TH RECENTLY SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A ONE-YEAR DEPLOYMENT IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION NEW DAWN, THE DRAWDOWN OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.  THE 648 SOLDIERS OF THE 194TH   PROVIDED BASE DEFENSE, PERFORMED ROUTE SECURITY, DROVE 1.2 MILLION MILES AND ESCORTED 24,380 TRUCKS CARRYING ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES TO OTHER BASES THROUGHOUT IRAQ.

THEY COMPLETED 660 SUSTAINMENT AND 120 CONVOY ESCORT MISSIONS THROUGHOUT IRAQ – ALL WITHOUT ANY LOSS OF EQUIPMENT OR PERSONNEL.

THE HONORARY FIREWORKS COMMISSIONER TITLE RECOGNIZES AREA RESIDENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND WHO EMBRACE THE IMPORTANCE OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY BY HELPING MAKE POSSIBLE ONE OF THE LARGEST JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SHOWS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST.

“WE ARE PLEASED TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY, OUR STATE AND OUR COUNTRYMEN” SAID SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CHAD RADEMACHER OF DELTA COMPANY 194Th “WE ARE HAPPY TO SERVE AS THE “HONORARY FIREWORKS COMMISSIONERS FOR ONE OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA’S FINEST FIREWORKS SHOWS” SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CHAD RADEMACHER SAID.  “JULY 4TH BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN AMERICA AND REMINDS US WHAT IT TOOK 237 YEARS AGO AND STILL TAKES TO MAKE AMERICA A GREAT NATION.”

FIREWORKS COMMITTTEE VOLUNTEER TOM RICHARDSON SAID THAT FOR SIX YEARS MEMBERS FROM COMPANY D OF THE 194TH HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN MAKING THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN ST. CLOUD POSSIBLE BY HELPING PLACE THE BARGE IN THE RIVER THE WEEK BEFORE JULY 4TH AND TAKING IT OUT THE WEEK AFTER.

“IT IS ALWAYS AN HONOR TO WORK WITH A GROUP OF DEDICATED, PROFESSIONAL AND GENEROUS INDIVIDUALS AS THE MEMBERS OF THE 194TH,” RICHARDSON SAID.

“WE NEED TO REMEMBER HOW THESE INDIVIDUALS PUT THEIR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILIES ON HOLD TO GO OVERSEAS AND DEFEND OUR COUNTRY” RICHARDSON SAID.

2012 MARKS THE SHOW’S 65TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR - AND SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR LAUNCHING FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BETWEEN HESTER AND WILSON PARKS.

THIS YEAR’S SHOW, AGAIN SET TO MUSIC, IS SCHEDULED FOR 10 P.M. JULY 4TH.

“ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR WE WANT TO HONOR THE SERVICE OF ALL OUR VETERANS AND ACTIVE-DUTY SOLDIERS,” RICHARDSON SAID.  TO HONOR SUCH SERVICE ON JULY 4TH AGAIN THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL SEATING AREA IN WILSON PARK FOR MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TO ENJOY THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY.
“FOR THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN AND CONTINUE TO GIVE SO MUCH TO MAKE AND KEEP AMERICA SAFE, WE WANT THEM TO HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS.”  RICHARDSON SAID.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, ACTIVE  AND RETIRED, REGULAR AND GUARD, ARE INVITED TO THE WILSON PARK RESERVED SEATING AREA.  HE ASKED THEM TO BRING A MILITARY ID.

LAUNCHED FROM A BARGE IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER NEAR THE ST. CLOUD WATER TREATMENT PLANT, GREAT VIEWING AREAS ARE AVAILABLE IN BOTH HESTER AND WILSON PARKS, ALONG 5TH AVENUE NORTH AND OTHER SPOTS IN THE AREA. MORE THAN 40,000 PEOPLE COME OUT TO VIEW THE FIREWORKS.

FIREWORKS ORGANIZERS SAID THE ST. CLOUD MUNICIPAL BAND WILL PLAY A PRE-FIREWORKS CONCERT IN HESTER PARK BEGINNING AT 8:30 PM. THERE WILL BE FOOD VENDORS IN BOTH WILSON AND HESTER PARKS AGAIN THIS YEAR, AND THE FIREWORKS WILL BE SYNCHRONIZED TO SPECIALLY SELECTED SOUNDTRACK TO BE AIRED ON LEIGHTON BROADCASTING.  SPECTATORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING RADIOS TO ENJOY THE SOUNDTRACK.  

THE FIRST FIREWORKS SHOWS WERE LAUNCHED AT LAKE GEORGE IN 1947 AND CONTINUED THERE FOR SEVERAL YEARS UNTIL THEY WERE MOVED TO THE BENTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.  THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS WERE MOVED TO WILSON PARK TO HANDLE THE GROWING CROWDS AND LARGER SHELLS FIRED TO CELEBRATE AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY.  LAUNCHED FOR YEARS ALONG THE RIVERBANK IN WILSON PARK, AS SAFETY GUIDELINES REQUIRED MORE ‘SAFETY ZONE’ DISTANCE FOR SPECTATORS, THE VIEWING AREA IN THE PARK WAS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED.  THE LAUNCH SITE WAS MOVED ON TO THE RIVER IN 2006 TO PROVIDE MORE SAFETY AND MORE VIEWING AREAS FOR SPECTATORS.

THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ARE ORGANIZED AND SPONSORED BY THE ST. CLOUD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE.  THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS FUNDED ENTIRELY BY DONATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS FROM AREA BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS.

CONTACT:

TOM RICHARDSON            
612.940.6364                    
FIREWORKS COMMITTEE                            
tomrichardson@att.net

CAPTAIN JOSEPH SANGANOO
651.268.8117
1ST BATTALION, 194TH ARMOR REGIMENT

Our view: Clock ticks toward July Fourth fireworks

June 30, 2009; St. Cloud Times
           

The barges are in the water. award-winning Melrose Pyrotechnics is readying the charges. and Hester and Wilson parks stand (or is it sit?) ready for your lawn chairs and blankets.advertisement

Let the countdown begin - in earnest!

With a little cooperation from mother nature - and thanks to a lot of help from donors, volunteers, and local public safety and public works crews - the 62nd annual Fourth of July fireworks show is on track to light up St. Cloud's sky at 10 p.m. Saturday.

You are welcome to join the estimated 40,000 people who will line the banks of the Mississippi River to watch one of the best fireworks displays in the upper midwest.

Tom Richardson, whose volunteer efforts have earned him the unofficial title of "fireworks commissioner," says this year's show should be another top-quality event, thanks in part to Central Minnesotans whose generous donations in past years helped purchase this year's materials months ago.

"We're still counting - and taking - donations," Richardson said. "overall, we're off a bit from last year. but thanks to some of our key donors stepping up their gifts, we'll probably break even. We truly appreciate those efforts."

Also important to the show are the in-kind donations from many local businesses, individuals and organizations. (Times Media is a sponsor.)

Of special note are the efforts of the public safety and public works crews, who put in long hours before, during and after the show to help make it a success.

Those efforts, along with in-kind donations, have been critically important since the show moved from a land-based shoot to launching off barges.

"The community has really come to appreciate the water-based show," Richardson said. "I was just on the barges the other day, and the river really is a beautiful asset. you forget how much you appreciate that until you're down there."


We couldn't agree more - and hope to see you along the riverbank on Saturday night.

How you can help

checks can be made payable to Fireworks Fund and sent to St. Cloud Fireworks Fund, c/o Central Minnesota Community Foundation, 101 Seventh Ave. S, Suite 100, St. Cloud, MN 56301.

To charge a donation or make a gift to the fireworks fund, visit http://www.communitygiving.org/ and click on Donate online on the tool bar at the top of the home page.


St. Cloud Fireworks show will go on amid slow economy

By David Unze • DUNZE@stcloudtimes.com • June 30, 2009


The tidal wave of bad economic news won't douse this year's St. Cloud Fourth of July fireworks show.advertisement

The fireworks, a staple for area residents who line the Mississippi River near Hester and Wilson parks, will again launch at about 10 p.m. on Independence Day.

Organizers have waged fundraising campaigns to keep the fireworks going, and recent economic turmoil has presented more challenges.

But fireworks show organizer Tom Richardson expects the St. Cloud fireworks committee will at least break even this year.

"We know that these are tough economic times, and some supporters have had to cut back," Richardson said. "but the good news is they are continuing to support us."

Pledges and contributions to date are approaching the annual budget to put on the show, said Richardson, one of the organizers of the fireworks show that launches from barges in the river. He had hoped to get an endowment fund to a level that would cover the cost of the show without major, annual fundraising efforts.

It's possible not enough money will be raised this year to add to that fund, he said.

"We knew donations wouldn't match previous year's levels," he said. "but we're grateful. the past couple of weeks we have been getting calls from people who want to donate."

The show costs about $50,000, he said, and is the second-largest pyrotechnic display in Minnesota on the Fourth of July.

This year is the fourth straight year that the fireworks will launch from river barges, he said.

Anyone wishing to volunteer to help put on the fireworks show is asked to call 291-6108 or visit http://www.stcloudfireworks.com/.

Checks can be made payable to Fireworks Fund and sent to St. Cloud Fireworks Fund, c/o Central Minnesota Community Foundation, 101 Seventh Ave. S, Suite 100, St. Cloud, MN 56301.

To charge a donation or make a gift to the fireworks fund, visit www. communitygiving.org and click on Donate on the tool bar at the top of the home page.


Our view: Help Launch Another Big July 4 Show
Times Editorial Board • March 30, 2009

Take a look at the Mississippi River today near the Sauk Rapids bridge and you see a raging, roiling, pulsating mass of water. in many ways, it's symbolic of world events.

Now imagine what the River will look like in three months. while still mighty, quieter currents (hopefully) shouldn't stir symbolism about global strife. 
Actually, it will be home to much the opposite. In just 96 days, that portion of the River will be where you can celebrate one of America's greatest traditions - the Fourth of July.

As announced last week, one of the biggest Fireworks displays in Minnesota will commence at 10 p.m. July 4 from barges anchored between Hester and Wilson Parks.

The show marks the 62nd straight year St. Cloud will have an Independence Day Fireworks show and the fourth consecutive year it will be launched from barges. Attendance the past few years has been estimated at 40,000 and more.

This effort, which relies on private donations to light up the skies for miles around, is being overseen by the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee. Longtime Fireworks organizers Tom Richardson and Wanda Schroeder are leading the charge with help from the City of St. Cloud and a growing list of community groups and volunteers. Richardson said all major donors from last year also are on board, which in full disclosure, includes Times Media.

While so much Community involvement is good news, in keeping with a model established in 2003, the long-term financial health of the show relies largely on the generosity of Central Minnesotans. (Donations can be sent to Fireworks Fund, P.O. Box 822, St. Cloud, MN 56302.)

Please note that your donations from 2008 already have allowed organizers to lock in on reasonable prices for this year's supplies, Richardson said. That's important considering fireworks supplies worldwide dwindled last year, causing prices to increase.

In fact, it's developments like that, the struggling economy and strife worldwide that spurred organizers this year to put the focus on the fireworks display.

We see that as a good move. after all, the signature event marking America's Birthday has always involved a sky filled with red, whites, blues and many other colors. Do what you can to keep that tradition strong in Central Minnesota.





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