Thursday July 4, 2013

BENNINGTON -- The fireworks show at Willow Park will happen as planned, said Town Manager Stuart Hurd.

"Once they’re set up and ready to go, they must be shot," he said. "And we’ve done it in the rain before."

With May and June having set rainfall records in Vermont, one might have feared the Fourth of July fireworks show would be called off. Hurd said that according to the National Weather Service, there does not appear to be an extreme likelihood of rain.

Lower Willow Park will be closed off to vehicles all day, according to the Bennington Police Department. A 560-foot safety zone is required around the fireworks. This is different from previous years, police said.

According to Hurd, the show costs $13,000. The town contributed $3,000, with the rest being from donations.

The fireworks come at the end of an afternoon of festivities, which begin at 3 p.m. Food, craft, and trinket vendors will be set up then. Cloggers will perform at 5 p.m., and an hour after that live music will be played. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grace Christian School will host a patriotic concert, and the fireworks themselves begin at 9:30 p.m.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.