NEW BRITAIN â€“ The cityâ€™s 29th annual â€śGreat American Boomâ€ť Fourth of July Fireworks is returning to Willow Brook Park and the Common Council approved a transfer of funding Wednesday night.
A total of $60,000 is available in the fiscal year 2022 general fund budget and the council approved for its transfer for the 2021 fireworks celebration as a part of a budget amendment. Because the cityâ€™s fiscal year ends June 30 and the new 2022 fiscal year starts July 1, the funds for the event wonâ€™t be available in time for the Finance Department to process the payment.
â€śDue to the timing of these transactions happening at the fiscal year end, the cost of the July 4, 2021 fireworks celebration will come out of Fund 256, the on-going Fireworks Fund,â€ť according to the resolution.
The expenditures include over time, part-time salaries, and a contract with Atlas Pyrovision out of Jaffrey, NH. It is a family-owned entertainment group that has been providing professional fireworks display in New England since 1949.
This will be the second time that the longtime favorite event will be held as a drive-in style at the park due to the pandemic and pre-registration is required. The show was revamped last year to ensure public safety measures and to accommodate all the cars, as opposed to past years when it was a walk-in event with a pre-show festival at Stanley Quarter Park.
A $10 parking pass per car is required for entry and passes can be picked up at the cityâ€™s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at 27 W. Main St. Room 302 from now until July 2. On July 3, parking passes will be available at the New Britain Stadium ticket office at 230 John Karbonic Way.
Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. on July 4 at Willow Brook Park. Parking lots will open at 7:30 p.m. with an event rain date for July 5. There will be no refunds allowed. For more information, visit nbparksnrec.org