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Salvaging July 4th celebrationPosted Friday, March 11, 2011, at 11:26 AM
We've reported in the T-G that the annual Shelbyville-Bedford County July 4 celebration at Griffin Park won't be held this year due to the cost of fireworks. The decision's understandable, considering the budget problems the city, in particular, is enduring.
But wait just a minute. We still have a park.
And we'll still have people who will be buying and shooting their own fireworks. Those of us who are in and around the park each year have seen some pretty good light shows from individuals living in nearby residential areas.
What about the possibility of a mass gathering of area residents and their own fireworks in the park around, say, 8:30 p.m. or so July 4? And, as dusk turns to night, everyone sets off their own fireworks, together or in some sort of planned order?
Everyone shares their show with others, and we retain that yearly mass gathering of thousands that I think is good for us as a city and county.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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