BG celebrates Fourth of July with fireworks

Booms and bangs and patriotic tunes will be featured at Bowling Green’s annual fireworks display July 4
on the east end of the Bowling Green State University campus.
Festivities will get underway at 8 p.m. with a performance by the Bowling Green Area Community Band. The
70-member concert band will play a variety of marches by John Philip Sousa and Karl King, a tribute to
the Armed Forces, "America the Beautiful" and many other patriotic pieces, said conductor Nick
Ezzone.
The performance also will include Bill Davis reading a tribute to the flag written by Red Skelton.
The band will perform for about an hour with the fireworks expected to start at dusk, about 9:30 p.m.
Ezzone said having the band play in the stadium offers both a good venue for the concert as well as a
good spot to watch the fireworks.
The concessions at the stadium will be open selling food and beverages.
The fireworks display is being presented by Pyrotechnics of Melrose, Mich.
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is helping the city to fund the $12,000 display.
The chamber, said Earlene Kilpatrick, the executive director, has received donations ranging from $10 to
$250, and is still in need of more funds.
She said she understood times were tough – other communities around the country have had to cancel their
displays.
"In these tough economic times we want to continue these traditions, and this is a fun one to
have," she said.
Booms and bangs and patriotic tunes will be featured at Bowling Green’s annual fireworks display July 4
on the east end of the Bowling Green State University campus.
Festivities will get underway at 8 p.m. with a performance by the Bowling Green Area Community Band. The
70-member concert band will play a variety of marches by John Philip Sousa and Karl King, a tribute to
the Armed Forces, "America the Beautiful" and many other patriotic pieces, said conductor Nick
Ezzone.
The performance also will include Bill Davis reading a tribute to the flag written by Red Skelton.
The band will perform for about an hour with the fireworks expected to start at dusk, about 9:30 p.m.
Ezzone said having the band play in the stadium offers both a good venue for the concert as well as a
good spot to watch the fireworks.
The concessions at the stadium will be open selling food and beverages.
The fireworks display is being presented by Pyrotechnics of Melrose, Mich.
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is helping the city to fund the $12,000 display.
The chamber, said Earlene Kilpatrick, the executive director, has received donations ranging from $10 to
$250, and is still in need of more funds.
She said she understood times were tough – other communities around the country have had to cancel their
displays.
"In these tough economic times we want to continue these traditions, and this is a fun one to
have," she said.