The Grand Haven Township Board voted Tuesday night to contribute $10,000 to the 2013 fireworks show.
“The way I look at it is, July 4 was when our country was born,” Trustee Cal Meeusen said. “I feel we should contribute to it.”
The call for fireworks funds came earlier this month when it was announced that the Grand Haven Area Jaycees club was unable to finance this year's show. The Jaycees still owed the pyrotechnic company for putting on last year's show.
The city plans to contribute its usual $10,000 to this year's show. There are other fundraising efforts underway by the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation to raise more money, such as a $6,000 challenge grant.
The show is expected to cost about $26,000.
According to Township Supervisor Bill Cargo, excess money raised will be put in a community foundation fund to support future July 4 fireworks displays.
“Let's face it, the biggest fireworks in the area are in Grand Haven,” Township Supervisor Karl French said. “And let's face it, we’re all in the Grand Haven area.
French said the current plan is a one-time deal, and he hopes to work with other Tri-Cities communities on some type of entertainment authority that would raise funds for community events.
Trustee Mike Hutchins, who applauded French for promoting collaboration among the area's communities, also supported the contribution.
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