Independence Day Celebration
Tradition of Fireworks Returned to Roselle for 2013
The Village of Roselle hosted an Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 5, with a concert, featuring Beatles cover band American English
, and a fireworks display at dusk.
The tradition of fireworks returned to Roselle in 2013, following a donation campaign that garnered over $18,000 in donations for the fireworks show. Generous contributions from the Roselle community and not-for-profit charity For the 10, an affiliate of Mission Church in Bloomingdale, made for what Mayor Smolinski called a great success.
"Our July 5 fireworks event was a true display of community, " Mayor Smolinski said. Thank you to all of the individuals, groups, and businesses that donated to make it possible."
As the initial March 15 deadline for the Village’s recent “Get a Bang for Your Buck” fireworks campaign neared, For the 10 approached Village officials with an offer to donate $9,000 for the fireworks show and to provide a pre-fireworks concert featuring American English. Their donation was part of an initiative to promote Project Just Start, a community school supply drive for local students in need.
With over $9,300 collected from area residents through the Village’s fireworks donation campaign, the additional $9,000 pledged from For the 10 fulfilled the Village’s goal of collecting at least $15,000 for the 2013 fireworks display. Due to budget reductions, the July 4 fireworks display has not been in the Village's budget for the past three years. The tradition continued with generous sponsorships from community groups and businesses in 2010 and 2011. Without a sponsor for 2012, the display was canceled. A successful fundraising campaign initiated in late-2012 restored the fireworks display for 2013.