Martinsville residents raise money for fireworks display

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The show will go on in Martinsville. The city came together to raise over $10,000 for the city’s annual 4th of July fireworks display and festival at Jimmy Nash Park.

“Families, that’s what it’s all about. It keeps the families close-knit together with their children and grandchildren,” said Bob Strader, chairman of the fireworks committee.

He said they sent out over 100 letters to city businesses and organizations soliciting donations for the display, but said they only received 37 letters back.

That was when he says he and his committee organized more fundraisers, and even stood out on the city streets to raise the needed money.

Strader says the only time the city has not put on a show was during droughts and when it rains. He says he will ask the city to permanently include funding for the display in the budget.

The festival begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, with the fireworks display kicking off at 10 p.m.

More than 7,000 people are expected.