After 2 Years, Wausau Celebration Will Have a Fireworks Show

Get your tickets, this year's 4th of July Celebration is going to be different than the last two: no firework cancellations.

"We cancelled two out of the last three years," Timothy Madison, 4th of July chairman said. "It breaks our heart when that has to happen last year. It was a call between the shooter of the fireworks and the fire department."

Wind and bad weather forced the cancellation of the fireworks show for safety reasons the last couple years.

"When something like that goes up and opens up like a firework," Deanne Hayes, co-chair of the 4th of July Celebration, said. "What's left over, whether it's hot ash, burning paper or embers or whatever, that has to fall somewhere. We'd rather have it fall on somewhere where we have nobody standing than where someone can get hurt."

However, this year, barring a late shift in the weather, the "ooos" and "ahhhs" will be back.

Organizers said they are also excited to add new attractions like a ride called the Flying Dutchman.

"People go in them, and they spin around," Madison said. "But, what this one does is, at one point, it begins to tilt forward."

Other new attractions include the new animals in Cassie's Critters Petting Zoo: two monkeys that children can pet and take a photo with for $4 with their camera and $8 with the company's.

Whether you decide to pet baby animals or get a thrill on an amusement ride during the weekend, event organizers want families to remember this celebration to be a safe one.

"We want to keep our people who come down to see this event safe," Hayes said. "Keep everyone safe is our number one priority."

Safety will be especially in mind when dusk hits on the 4th of July for the long-anticipated fireworks show.

"The chances are look great (of having the show go on)," Madison said. "No rain. Low winds. There is nothing in the weather that is indicating we shouldn't be able to fire off fireworks."

The celebration opened on July 3 at 5 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at dusk on July 4. Rides and food stands will be open for a short time after the fireworks show.

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