It is hard to imagine a July 4th Independence Day celebration without fireworks. Each year on Marco Island the community enjoys a first-rate fireworks display, an important part of our American cultural tradition. It is one of the island’s signature events, drawing a large crowd of residents and visitors to enjoy the festivities.
Fireworks shows are quite costly. A quality display costs between $50,000 and $55,000. The City of Marco Island set aside $26,000 in its budget to help, but donations are required to make up the difference.
The community’s support is needed to ensure a successful July 4th celebration. The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce is leading a Fireworks Fund drive, and seeking donations from individuals and businesses.
Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dianna Dohm says, “We are looking forward to this year’s 4th of July fireworks celebration. It’s the time of the year to celebrate the birth of the United States of America, and as in the past, we hope the community comes out to support this tradition as we continue with efforts to raise funds for the island’s Independence Day celebration.”
For contributions of $3,000 or more, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce will make arrangements for the individual or business to present their check directly to Marco Island City Council, with media present.
To date, donations for this year’s Fireworks Fund have been received from the following individuals and organizations: CJ’s on the Bay, Dianna and Kevin Dohm, Betty Hawkins, Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, Marco Island Civic Association, Marco Island Clothing Company, Katherine O’Hara, Pat and Ron Rutledge, Leonard and Sandra Schuman, Siegel Dental, and Heidi Waters.
If you would like to contribute, please send a check, made payable to the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce/Fireworks Fund, to the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Fireworks Fund, 1102 North Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information call 239-394- 7549 or email Dianna@MarcoIsland- Chamber.org.