Township boosts city's fireworks

The City of Grand Haven's efforts to put on a fireworks show this July 4 just got a big boost from its neighbor.
Alex Doty
May 29, 2013


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.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



When are we going to find out what happened to the Jaycee's money? It seems as if a bit of forensic accounting could help to get this figured out fairly quickly.


I'm guessing they know what happened to the money, proof and charges are another thing. Another of the mysteries of life in Utopia, "sit back, enjoy, and we'll handle this behind closed doors." We could always ask Brandon Hall, takes one to know one.


Thank you to the City of Grand Haven, the Grand Haven Community Foundation, and Grand Haven Township for helping keep the 4th of July fireworks alive for this year - this is awesome! :)


I agree with Christopher.. when? Now that you hired a 'new' company to provide this year's fireworks, company that got ripped off by Grand Haven may like to see some of the money they are owed. I don't know why this bothers me so much, but it sure seems like the City wouldn't want to pour salt in a brutal wound. I'm embarrassed by the slap in the face to Mad Bomber Fireworks, embarrassed of the jaycees, embarrassed of the behavior of City council and the mayor.


I agree with Christopher and you, Chigirl. This is one sketchy situation that cries out for more information, and a much better resolution from the powers that be (especially for Mad Bomber Fireworks) than what has been reported on thus far.


And I agree with you all as well, we could form club. The Mad Bomber is most assuredly getting a raw deal here and it speaks very negatively for Grand Haven being "fair". I love our community but this is all wrong.


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