“It is greatly appreciated by those of us who are patriotic and love to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand fashion,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
The township will contribute $7,500 a year over the next three years.
Township Supervisor Karl French said it is important to have a communitywide July 4 celebration.
“The Township Board believes that the financial burden of observing Independence Day should not be shouldered solely by the City of Grand Haven,” he said. “Rather, because many of our township residents gather along the downtown and riverfront for this annual Fourth of July celebration, the Township Board believes that we should pay our fair share for this celebration of our nation’s birth.”
Township Trustee Howard Behm said the fireworks display is an important part of the community’s identity.
“Grand Haven Township wants to provide long-term financial support to ensure the stability and continuation of this annual celebration of our freedom and independence,” he said.
Wolverine Fireworks Display Inc. will provide this year’s display. The city will fund about $12,000 toward the $26,000 cost.
The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation will use a “text-to-pay” program to solicit contributions from spectators to help defray show costs.
According to Township Manager Bill Cargo, Michigan statute specifically authorizes the township to defray the expenses of observing Independence Day.
“It’s so nice to have a partnership with local municipalities, because it is a shared show,” McGinnis said. “I really feel the township has shown some leadership.”
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