“We have decisions to make, we have money to raise, and we want to bring to Rockford again [with] the largest fireworks show in the state of Illinois,” said Chairman of the 4th of July Committee, Joe Marino.
Marino and the 4th of July Celebration Committee met Thursday night to discuss plans on making this years event a reality. One thing that could change however, is when it will take place.
The committee is considering moving the event to the 1st rather than on the 4th. The committee is considering the 1st because it falls on a Saturday as opposed to Tuesday, July 4th.
“It’s not set in stone yet. For the 54 years that I have been involved, only three times have we not had the fireworks show on the 4th of July,” Marino said.
They believe holding the event on the weekend could allow more people to enjoy it.
“We want families to be able to get together,” said committee member Ted O’Donnell. “So our biggest concern is we won’t have the amount of people to come to really enjoy it as they would compared to on Saturday the 1st,” he added.
“That depends a lot on the community. We want to know from the community, what’s their opinion?” Marino said.
The committee believes that ultimately it will come down to the citizens of Rockford to decide when the event will be. They are looking for feedback on whether it should be the 4th or 1st.
“We take everybody’s comments to heart, to help better the event every single year,” O’Donnell said.
The committee hopes to have a decision made within the next month. In order to share your opinion, you can visit their website http://www.rockfordfireandice.com/contact_us ,or visit their ‘Facebook’ page, https://www.facebook.com/Rockford4thOfJulyCelebration/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf.