Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration and fireworks show will be held Friday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Saturday, July 4.
The City has been able to reduce personnel costs the past four years by holding the celebration on a day other than July 4. Mayor Beutler said the City also has received positive comments from residents who enjoy having the nighttime fireworks show precede a day off work and those who enjoy family gatherings on July 4.
The 2012, 2013 and 2014 events were held July 3, and the 2011 event was held July 2. In 2010, rain caused the event to be moved to July 5. In 2009, the event was moved to July 3 to accommodate the Larry the Cable Guy show in Memorial Stadium.
More information on the annual celebration will be available in June.