Fireworks return to Fourth of July

Published 11:28 am Wednesday, June 21, 2017

After a year’s hiatus, there will be fireworks over Winchester for the Fourth of July this year.

Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner said a committee has been working for about three months to organize a fireworks event of some type this year, after no one picked it up last year.

The plans call for a fireworks show around dusk on Tuesday, July 4, at Lykins Park, he said. The grounds will open at 7 p.m. There will be food available at the park, and people are welcome to bring their own.

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The event is free.

“This is not quite what we did two or three years ago, but it’s more than what we did last year, which was nothing,” Burtner said. “Maybe it will ramp up more for next year.”

The City of Winchester and the Clark County Fiscal Court each budgeted $3,500 for the event, and other entities have stepped up as sponsors including Amazon, Clark County Solid Waste, Ale-8-One and Winchester Municipal Utilities.

In recent years, there was Freedom Fest which included live music along with the fireworks, and was organized by several local churches. After the 2015 event, fundraising became a challenge, said Tim Smith, who was involved in those events and is helping with this year’s fireworks. When Freedom Fest ended, no one else picked it up and there were no fireworks last year.

Daniel Konstantopoulus, who is a licensed pyrotechnician from the Freedom Fest days, and his crew will be in charge of discharging the fireworks, Burtner said.

“We encourage prople to spend teh Fourth with their family and come out at night and enjoy the fireworks,” Smith said.

The fireworks will cap the holiday events. At noon July 1, Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation and Winchester Elks Lodge 2816 will provide a meal for all veterans at College Park Gym. Members of the Hart Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution will help serve the meal, Burtner said.

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