"It'd be safer to do the fireworks here, where the water is, than have people do it in their yards,” said Patricia Shorts of Erie.
Shorts talking about fireworks on Erie’s bayfront. They didn’t happen this year because of a lack of funds but they could be back next year with the help of a fireworks fund.
The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership is once again participating in “Erie Gives Day,” sponsored by the Erie Community Foundation.
This year they chose the fireworks as their initiative and hope to raise $40,000.
"You need $40,000 basically to do a really great fireworks display and our preference would be to do it on barges off the bay,” said Barb Chaffee, CEO of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership.
The partnership says these fireworks are important for the Erie community.
"It is an economic driver to the hotels, restaurants and facilities here. But also it's a matter of patriotism. It's very unusual, and these are the calls that we've had from out of towners, of how can a size city of Erie not have fireworks on the bay?” said Chaffee.
This year, the Erie Community Foundation will match whatever is raised from a pool of $200,000 with donations from the foundation, GE Transportation, Erie Insurance and Presque Isle Downs and Casino.
Fireworks on the bay are important not only for Erie's economy, but also for the people who come down to enjoy them.
"They put on a great display out here in the bay and ya know, if you're on a boat or you're on a beach, it don't matter. You get a great view and it's something that we deserve, something that we, it's tradition, we've had it forever ya know, we need to have it back,” said Ron Sharp of Waterford.
Erie Gives Day is on August 12 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can donate online at www.eriegives.org/donate-now.
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