BYRON, Ill. - For many people, childhood memories of a hometown 4th of July fireworks celebration are as American as baseball and apple pie. This year, the city of Byron will once again have that nostalgic atmosphere with the return of 4th of July fireworks.
The drive to collect donations began back in the late stages of winter. Byron Generating Station was happy to help get the fundraising effort going with a $3,000 donation. And city residents have responded in kind.
"I think it's great that the city leadership is bringing back the tradition of marking our country's independence with a fireworks display," Byron Station Plant Manager Brad Adams said. "Everyone likes fireworks. It's one of those great summer traditions and Exelon is excited to be able to help support this event."
Byron Mayor Chris Millard agrees.
"We started to really think about it. I would say it has been almost 20 years since the city hosted a fireworks display on the 4th of July," Millard said. "So we decided that we're going to make this thing happen."
The return of the fireworks display is only part of the festivities being planned at the Byron Dragway on July 4. There will also be music, games for the kids and open racing for adults who might want to enter the family vehicle in a drag race. Admission to the event is free, though Millard is hoping donations at the gate will continue and help cover the cost of the fireworks.
"The people of Byron have always supported the city in our endeavors, and it is no different with the fireworks display," Millard said. "It's a bit harder because of the economy, but residents and businesses have been chipping in to help out."
Millard said the city is also accepting donations at City Hall. Checks should be made out to "City of Byron 4th of July." More information about the event can be found on the city of Byron's Web site at: http://byron.govoffice.com