ELBURN – The Lions Club of Elburn once again will sponsor and host a fireworks show at Lions Park, and it promises to be even bigger and better than last year.
After a seven-year hiatus of the Day in the Park event, during which fireworks were the highlight of a daylong festival to celebrate Independence Day, Alice’s Place owner Audrey Hanson last year encouraged others in the business community to give their support to bring back the popular fireworks show.
This year, the business community didn’t need any convincing.
“We’ve had some very, very generous supporters this year,” said Lions Club member and event organizer Phil Albano. The amount of money donated this year is double what it was last year, allowing organizers to purchase even better fireworks.
Albano and co-organizer and Lion Bob Thomas said the event will take place at Lions Park on July 7, as had been the practice in the past. The park will open for the event at 7 p.m., and the fireworks display will take place around 9:30 p.m.
July 8 is the rain date.
The 20-minute show once again will be orchestrated by Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions from Elgin.
“Last year, the excitement in town was tremendous,” Thomas said.
Thomas said the park grounds were filled with families having picnics and enjoying the time before the show.
The Leos, who last year were in charge of selling the limited menu, were pleasantly surprised, but somewhat overwhelmed by the size of the crowd – estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 – and their interest in purchasing food.
This year, the Lions Club will offer an expanded menu that will include hot dogs and brats from Ream’s Meat Market and pork chop sandwiches and non-alcoholic drinks at a spot near where people will watch the fireworks. Nonalcoholic and alcoholic drinks will be sold at the Lions Club clubhouse, but people will not be allowed to carry alcohol out of the building.
Albano and Thomas said this year there were many longtime business contributors, as well as several new donors who stepped up to help make this year’s show a success.
Kane County Board member and local businessman Drew Frasz once again offered the use of his property from which to launch the fireworks. The village of Elburn, the Elburn Police Department and Elburn and Countryside Fire will help with sanitation and cleanup of the park, traffic control for the event, and staff the event to ensure everyone’s safety.
Albano said it is a volunteer-led event with the help of many people, and he said it is important to acknowledge the generosity and the support the Lions Club provides.
“This event does not happen without the support of the Lions Club,” Albano said.
There is no charge for the event. Parking is free, but a free-will donation to park will be accepted.