Batavia Fourth of July fireworks show will go on

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The city’s Fourth of July fireworks show will go on as planned Thursday after organizers raised 80 percent of the funds needed to put on the show.

“The Batavia community has really come through this year, and we’re on a good footing for next year,” said Mark Davis, chairman of the Batavia Fireworks Committee. “It is going to be another great show this year.”

In February, the Batavia Access Fireworks Committee announced it had to raise $50,000 by May 1 or the show would be canceled. Davis said about 80 percent of the money has been raised.

The show, now in its 63rd year, is funded solely through private donations.

The Illinois Lottery recently gave a $2,500 donation to the show.

“We are appreciative of all our sponsors,” Davis said. “We have collected about $10,000 more in sponsorships this year.”

Batavia’s Sky Concert fireworks display will be at 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July and can be viewed from Engstrom Park at Millview Drive and West Main Street.

There is additional space on the Batavia High School athletic fields on West Main Street.

The Savor-the-Flavor food vendors will serve an assortment of treats starting at 5 p.m. and will continue until the show begins at 9:30 p.m.

“The funnel cakes are back this year,” Davis said. In addition, two bands, Spectators and Kilpatrick, have volunteered to play at the festival for free.

Donations for the fireworks show may be made by going to the fireworks committee’s website, www.bataviafireworks.org.