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Oklahoma City metro-area cities report steady budgets for fireworks shows

Norman, Moore, Bethany, Midwest and Edmond all report spending same as last year for fireworks displays.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 1, 2011 at 7:54 am •  Published: July 1, 2011

Despite a suggestion that the cost of putting on a public fireworks show has increased, several metro-area city leaders reported they will spend the same amount for this year's Independence Day displays as in past years.

Gary Caimano, director of marketing for Enid-based pyrotechnic specialists Western Enterprises, which works with several metro communities, said the price for materials has increased, as has every aspect of a professional fireworks production.

“Every element of the business has gone up,” Caimano said. “It's been 20 percent, 25 percent overall increases.”

Officials in Norman said the city will spend approximately $50,000 on fireworks, the same amount as in previous years. But Jeff Hill, the city's recreation superintendent, said that amount of money may not guarantee the same number of explosions.

“We may not get as much bang for our buck with that,” Hill said. “Everything goes up in price.”

Norman's Fourth of July celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Monday at Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave. Fireworks are scheduled to begin about 9:45 p.m.

In Midwest City, community services director Vaughn Sullivan said the city would spend $20,000 on its fireworks display, the same amount it has spent for several years. This year's display will begin at 9:45 a.m. Monday at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E Reno Ave. The 20-minute show will be preceded by a concert at 6 p.m. at the park's Rotary Pavilion.

Sullivan said the city is contracting with Western Enterprises to put on the show.

In Bethany, the city will celebrate the 53rd annual Freedom Festival at Eldon Lyon Park, 7400 NW 36, culminating with a fireworks show Monday night.

City officials said they are spending $16,500 on the fireworks show this year, a 10 percent increase from the previous year's show. They said they have had a 20 to 30 percent increase in sponsorship this year, and have been able to keep costs down by using local talent.

LibertyFest, Edmond's nine-day Independence Day celebration, will be highlighted by a 30-minute fireworks show at 10 p.m. Monday at the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

Fireworks show chairman Bob Meinders said the show costs the same as last year — between $30,000 and $40,000 — although he declined to provide an exact figure. The city of Edmond contributed $53,000 to LibertyFest this year, with $25,000 of that going to the fireworks show.

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