AMVETS officials are still waiting, two days after announcing the Bloomington 4th of July Fireworks would be cancelled if no one stepped up to help foot the bill.
AMVETS Fireworks Chairman Jon Bowman says he can’t remember the last time Bloomington residents didn’t have an Independence Day fireworks show.
But he says the AMVETS can’t keep putting on a show that loses about 6-thousand dollars a year.
“AMVETS have been doing it for approximately 10 years and I believe American Legion had it 50 years before that and they ran into financial difficulties also,” he says.
Bowman sent a press release Tuesday announcing the fireworks show would be cancelled if sponsors didn’t come up with the money, and so far his phone has been silent.
“I don’t know that any of the companies around town have the money to be able to do that. It is hard times for everybody and it’s hard times for us too.”
The Bloomington show costs about $30,000. In some neighboring communities, the city pays for fireworks. But the director of Bloomington’s parks department says his budget is too already too tight.
There is still time for sponsors to step up. Bowman says they has until January 31st to schedule and book the show.