Unlike many community events planned for this spring and summer, Brainerd’s Fourth of July Fireworks will go on.
Other Brainerd Community Action-sponsored holiday weekend festivities like the parade and ensuing entertainment are canceled, and Arts in the Park is postponed.
But the fireworks remain.
“This year is all about picking ourselves back up, dusting off, and finding ways of making the best with what we are allowed to do, rather than focus on what we cannot,” Brainerd Mayor and Community Action Executive Director Dave Badeaux stated in a news release Friday, May 22.
Both Brainerd and Baxter city councils agreed earlier in the week to contribute $8,000 apiece to the fireworks, should they happen. Badeaux said the fireworks cost about $18,000, with the final $2,000 typically coming from Visit Brainerd. An additional donation from the Brainerd Snodeos snowmobile group last year brought the total to about $20,000.
“Typically at this time of year we are in full fundraising mode, and this year obviously, in our eyes, it’s a little inappropriate to be going to places and asking for funding when a lot of people are hurting for money,” Badeaux said during the Brainerd City Council’s personnel and finance committee meeting May 18.
But without additional entertainment this year and perhaps a different style of fireworks show, Badeaux said the cost could fluctuate, and Community Action will work the funds available.
Further details will be released in the coming weeks outlining the date and other necessary measures to ensure safety for the fireworks event.
Other Community Action activities
The Brainerd Community Action board began meeting weekly at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss countless alternatives for the organization’s two major events — Fourth of July festivities and Arts in the Park — while focusing on community safety, Friday’s Community Action news release stated.
“It pains us to make this tough decision, but ultimately we have to do what is in the best interest for all those involved, especially our community members, family and friends,” Badeaux stated in the release. “Right now, that means looking at things from fresh perspectives and finding new ways to celebrate the birth of our great nation.”