by Jim Boyle
Efforts to bring about the fourth annual Elk River Independence Day Celebration at Lions Park have begun.
To help do it, the Elk River Independence Day Committee has latched onto the Powered by Nature branding effort, with members of the citizen-led Elk River Independence Day Committee agreeing that “Elk River is Powered by Independence and Energized by Fireworks!”
The Elk River Economic Development Authority had asked the group to consider such an endeavor as part of the Independence Day marketing efforts. The EDA has contributed $6,000 each year to help launch a stunning fireworks show, and it plans to serve as a sponsor once again.
The Elk River Independence Day Committee is ramping up its annual effort to raise enough for a $15,000 fireworks show and a program for kids and families at Lions Park on the Fourth of July holiday.
Letters seeking donations went out to the business community this week, and plans are underway for a host of other fundraising efforts. One includes a pancake breakfast on June 2 at the Elk River American Legion.
The Elk River Independence Day Committee decided this week to welcome graduating seniors and their families as well as young families with young children. More details will be forthcoming on that.
This year’s event is coming together with plans for more music, delicious food and more fun, including bingo by the VFW, a water slide, a climbing wall by the Army National Guard, a game trailer for youth, the second annual Elk River Idol contest and more.
Shane Martin will headline the musical line-up and a replacement band is being sought for the Elk River High School Red White and Blue Alumni Jazz Band as many of its would-be members are headed off to Ireland on July 5. There will be a patriotic program in the middle of the event slated for 4-10 p.m. with fireworks at 10:15 p.m. by RES Pyrotechnics.
The Elk River community rallied behind the notion of a smaller, more community-focused Independence Day celebration and fireworks show after the long-running Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Fourth of July celebration was abandoned for a variety of reasons. The Elk River community went without an Independence Day program and fireworks show five years ago, and the public outcry was immense. That’s when the community decided to put a new event at Lions Park in Elk River with greater reverence to the holiday.
A committee of citizens, representing various community service organizations and nonprofits across the community of Elk River, is planning the event. More members are being sought to help with the planning and volunteers for the day of the event.
For more information, visit www.elkriver4th.com or go to the group’s Elk River 4th of July Facebook page.