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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2020
Contact:
 
Doree Krage, Asst. Director
Community Relations Department
Village of Addison
630/543-4100, ext. 7550

Geri Estvanik, Development & Community Relations Manager
Addison Park District
630/833-0100, ext. 529

ADDISON FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS AND ACTIVITIES CANCELLED

Budget Constraints Cited by Both Village and Park District

After more than 25 years of working together to bring residents the annual Fourth of July celebration, the Village of Addison and Addison Park District have announced they have decided to cancel the 2010 fireworks and event at Community Park.

The Village and Park District typically shared the cost of this event, but as both agencies entered the planning for Fiscal Year 2010-11 which began May 1, they determined that cutting the celebration would be necessary. In 2009, the Village and Park District each spent $12,500 for Fourth of July.

In addition to the cost of the show, the Village incurs thousands of dollars in overtime to provide Police and Public Works staff to perform security and traffic control for the event, and the Park District incurred costs for additional entertainment and also staffing.

“Many communities have reached the same decision,” said Mayor Larry Hartwig. “It’s regrettable, but there are many services and programs that are simply more important to our residents, such as keeping police officers on the street.”

“The Park District will continue investigating other methods to fund the event in the future. This year the dollars were not there,” said Don Jessen, president of the Addison Park District Board of Commissioners.

The Park District investigated the possibility of finding corporate sponsorships to help fund the event, but found the business community is facing the same difficulties.

“We simply cannot run this event without support of other organizations and sponsors,” Jessen said. “We hope this will change in the future so that we can bring back the event.”

No decision will be reached about 2011 for several months.