Community to decide length of July 4th fireworks show

The citizen-led effort to raise more than $20,000 for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show and Independence Day program kicks into overdrive this week.

Community members will notice decorative donation bins at some local banks and restaurants, including First National Bank of Elk River, Central Bank, Greater Minnesota Credit Union, The Bank of Elk River, Daddy-Os in downtown Elk River and Denny’s in Otsego.

“We hope everybody gives at least a little,” said Jim Boyle, the chair of the Elk River Independence Day Committee. “The size of the fireworks show depends how well the community comes through.”

Members of the Elk River Independence Day Committee hope red, white and blue firecrackers light a fire under members of the community, as they work to raise more than $20,000 for a fireworks show and program. The Elk River Economic Development Authority has kicked in $6,000, and close to another $2,000 has been raised so far in the community from organizations, businesses and citizens.

There will be a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on June 5 at the Elk River American Legion. The cost of the breakfast is a free-will donation. The committee’s goal for the breakfast is to raise $2,000.

Elk River Mayor John Dietz says he plans to be one of the first there to get in on the fund raiser.  Dietz recently interviewed Boyle, the committee chair and editor of the Star News, about the celebration on his “Hometown Elk River” show, which airs at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, noon on Thursdays and 8 a.m. on Saturdays on ERTV Cable Channel 12.

The committee is also accepting donations for a silent auction at the pancake breakfast. They can be dropped off at the Star News up through June 3.

The Independence Day Committee has also asked local businesses once again via a mailer that went out this past week to consider purchasing fireworks launches, which average out to $20 a pop.  Businesses came through last year with more than $4,400 in donations.

John Gall of Gall Consulting became the first business this year to donate using PayPal at

Checks that are dropped off at participating local businesses or the Star News, 506 Freeport Ave.,  should be made payable to the Elk River American Legion. Those who give donations on PayPal do not have to have an account with the depository.

The Sunshine Depot and McCoy’s Pub have agreed to sell stars to hang inside their place of business to raise money for fireworks.


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