Flint kicks off fireworks celebration Thursday night
FLINT (WJRT) -
(07/03/14) - Several Mid-Michigan communities are preparing for a major fireworks celebrations.
Flint is kicking off its festivities, Thursday night.
Crews have been spending the past few days getting ready for the carnival that's taking place in the flat lot downtown.
This is one of the biggest July Fourth celebrations to come to Flint in nearly 10 years.
It lasts through Saturday.
Many of the people we spoke with say this carnival is a major attraction and they're looking forward to bringing their families downtown so that they can join in on the fun.
Some business owners we spoke with say they hope this isn't the last year that an event like this comes to the downtown area.
"We're hoping it will really boost the business. We're prepared. We've brought in extra people and we're looking forward to lots of families being down here tonight," said Patti Bergstrom, manager of Blackstone's.
The manager of Café Rhema, in downtown Flint, expects events like this to boost sales.
"It's drawing people downtown, probably new people that haven't been here before, so we're hoping to get a lot of that business to come in," said Tiff Sommers.
Another major attraction is the fireworks extravaganza. Local businesses and sponsors are donating money for this event.
Wolverine Fireworks offered a more affordable rate to have the fireworks show on the third instead of the fourth.
"We're going to have about $25,000 worth of fireworks and a little over 3,000 rounds going in the air and I think about 800 to 1,000 of those are for the grand finale," said Jim Linton, of Wolverine Fireworks.
The firework show will take place out of the old Chevy in the Hole building around 10 p.m. Kettering is having a viewing party at Atwood Stadium.
"I'm excited for the events that you see downtown. I feel like it will bring more people down here and more opportunities for fun and see like the beauty of Flint and what's going on. The rides are something I've never seen before, so this really exciting this morning to go and say, 'Yay, something to look forward to this weekend," said Ali Harris.
The show can be seen from miles away.
"I'm hoping it draws a huge crowd so we can do it again. It's something Flint needs is to get people down here. People need to see how nice Flint is, how safe Flint is," Bergstrom said.
The Flint Farmers' Market is also extending its hours.
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