Big expenses and lack of organization led to several cities calling off their annual Independence Day Fireworks.
But one local group is working to make sure that never happens again.
In the past, July Fourth fireworks have been coordinated by the Nodak Speedway.
But last year, it just didn’t work out, and now the speedway’s marketing director, Adam Dyess, has also become the president of the Minot Fireworks Association.
This year – there will be fireworks.
That’s because the association is all community members with the same goal to solve the issue of never having to skip out on fireworks.
They’re working to better coordinate and fund the show by finding as many sponsors and contributors as they can, and they’re also working to get a 501-C3 to become a nonprofit.
A big fireworks display costs around 10,000 dollars, and about half of that goes to insurance for the venue.
Another big chunk goes to Mum Pyrotechnics, the people who actually build the fireworks. But it’s not to pay them.
“They do not take a profit, it’s all volunteer work. So all of the extra cost that goes into the fireworks,” Dyess explained. “It’s all for material, all to build the actual fireworks themselves. So the more money that we can raise, the bigger fireworks show that we can get.”
There’s several ways the community can help as well.
The association is still accepting sponsors and contributors for this year. Any left over fundraising will be put in a trust and applied to fireworks shows for years to follow.
People can also give a free-will donation as they check out at Cashwise Foods.
The event is looking for volunteers to help set up for the event, work at the actual fireworks show, and to help clean up the day after.
If you’re interested in helping the Minot Fireworks Association, call or e-mail Adam Dyess at 701-822-7223, firstname.lastname@example.org