The Fourth of July is about freedom, family, food, and of course, the fireworks.
“I have six girls so we go to the park and see the fireworks,” says part-time Williston resident Mariano Reginato.
In years past, the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) held a fireworks show in Williston. But last year,the CVB announced it would not be having one. So the Save the 4th of July campaign began.
“I think we as a Fourth of July celebration always need that visual celebration. So I just thought it was important to go forward with it,” says Greg Cottrell.
In the past, the show has cost roughly $40,000 to $50,000. This year, the CVB has pledged $10,000, with the community raising another $10,000 in a public private partnership. So far, the community has raised a total of $5,000 through donations from businesses and private citizens. Businesses that have made donations include Halliburton, FCI Construction, American Petroleum Institute, and Remax Realty.
“I’m just glad to be where we are and celebrate what we have available to us,” says Cottrell.
This Fourth of July, many will again gather to watch the red, white, and blue light up the sky.
Williston did have a fireworks show last year that was donated by a private citizen, Adam Natwick This year, Natwick will once again donate his time and equipment to the show.
For those interested in learning more or donating, you can view the Facebook page here.