COLUMBUS — The night sky will be lit up again the Fourth of July weekend thanks to the annual Columbus Jaycees firework display.
The group, which has been sponsoring the show for decades, has scheduled this year’s extravaganza at dusk July 3 at Platte County Agricultural Park.
“This is by far the biggest project and our most expensive project. Anything we make throughout the year ... it goes toward the fireworks display,” said Kristen Gausman, chairwoman of the event.
Premier Pyrotechnics Inc. of Missouri will perform the show. The 20-25 minute program will be set to music. The music will be played on Three Eagles Communications.
The evening will kickoff at 7 p.m. Midland Band will perform in front of the grandstand. The National Anthem will be sung before the firework show, which will start at approximately 10 p.m. The band will also play again after the firework display is concluded.
The show is a family-friendly event and is free to the public. Though fireworks can be seen from virtually anywhere in town, Gausman encourages people to come to Ag Park to get the best view of the entire display.
“There is a lot on the ground and fireworks you can’t see if you park by the airport or wherever. So the people who do come and walk down to the grandstand get the benefit of seeing all of it,” Gausman said.
Funding for the display comes from community support. This year’s show will cost $15,000. About half of that amount has been raised so far. Donation jars are set up in various businesses. People can also send checks to the Columbus Jaycees, P.O. Box 742, Columbus, NE, 68602.
Money raised through the Jaycee’s firework stand will also support the show. The stand will open on June 25 and will be located the corner of 23rd Avenue and 15th Street.
Businesses and individuals who donate $500 or more are welcome to watch the fireworks display in the VIP section the night of the show. The area is roped off and located at the north end of the grandstand. Guests will be served food and drinks.
The rain date for the fireworks display is July 5.