How about one county, one fireworks show? |

How about one county, one fireworks show?

Jonathan Smith

It’s time we as a county consider a shared Independence Day fireworks display. This weekend I watched the displays of two Summit County localities and both were dismal. It was the first time I’ve heard “boos” following a fireworks display. Many of the adjectives tossed around Twitter and other social media channels do not bear repeating in print.

While I understand that each town and resort in Summit County wants its share of the July 4th tourist’s dollar, it’s time we work toward a common goal. It’s exceedingly clear that having each locality act individually is not working and we’re letting down the visitors to our county who keep many of us employed. The daytime events such as parades, bike races and other activities are great individual attractions for each town or resort. I do not advocate eliminating these unique and individual draws. However, when it comes to fireworks, why not pool resources and have the largest fireworks display in Colorado, the West, etc.? I believe the marketing of such an iconic event would serve our collective good as a county far better than the current modus operandi. In short, our current approach to fireworks is a dud.

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