Donations accepted for Madras Sparklers fireworks display
This July 4, Jefferson County will not only celebrate Independence Day, but the 40th anniversary of the local Fourth of July Celebration and Parade.
"It started in 1981 with Mike Ahern being the leader and still the one Mr. Sparkler," said Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joe Krenowicz. "We've been doing this since 1981."
The 40-year tradition continues with a celebration in Sahalee Park, a parade, a flag ceremony and the nighttime Madras Sparklers fireworks show on Sunday, July 4. The Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is organizing the community celebration.
The event is scheduled for a bit later in the day than usual.
"We want to accommodate folks for church services so they can come and see the parade and also participate in the parade," Krenowicz explained of the time change.
The Sunday celebration kicks off at noon with vendors and food booths in the park. Entertainment band FunBobby will be play high-energy, danceable '80s hits starting at noon. They will recess at 1 p.m. for the parade and will ramp back up after the parade until 3 or 4 p.m.
Local veteran groups will conduct a flag ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in the park. The Madras Sparklers fireworks show will cap off the celebration at 10 p.m. from the Madras High School ball fields.
Krenowicz says people are aware of the pandemic guidelines, and he encourages folks to be responsible for their own actions and distance themselves from others.
"Let's get back to as normalcy as we can and abide by good guidance and good common sense," he said.
Last year, during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers decided to cancel all food vendors and entertainment and only hold the parade.
"This year, we're not charging vendors because we do know that it's a short period of time as well as it's on a Sunday," Krenowicz said. "We want people to come and enjoy themselves, get outside and certainly get back to what we can consider a regular Fourth of July Celebration."
Vendors interested in having a booth in the park should contact the chamber.
Businesses and organizations wanting to have a float in the parade are encouraged to pre-register at the chamber office. Krenowicz asks parade entrants to sign up as soon as possible so they can get the information printed for announcing and help manage numbers.
Parade staging will be on 10th Street, proceeding north to B Street, west on B Street, south on Seventh Street, east on E Street, and back to 10th Street.
Ahern and the chamber are collecting donations for the Madras Sparklers public fireworks display. Donations may be delivered to Ahern at Coldwell Banker, the Pioneer office, or the chamber office. Donations are also accepted online through GoFundMe, Madras Sparklers Fireworks Display 2021.
The Madras Kiwanis Foundation partners with Madras Sparklers to collect the money so donations may be tax deductible.
"It's one of those things that the community has always been very generous and takes about 100 to 150 individual donations or business donations to make that $15,000 Sparkler funding," Krenowicz said.
Fourth of July Celebration
To donate to the Madras Sparklers fireworks display, call Mike Ahern at 541-420-9000 or Davida at the chamber, 541-475-2350. Donations are also accepted through GoFundMe, Madras Sparklers Fireworks Display 2021, at https://gofund.me/7d22be4b.
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