July 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Lower Providence Township missed out on its July 4th celebrations. Several hurdles were in the township’s way, but don’t worry. Due to the lack of fireworks this summer, the residents of this township might gain a fun celebration later in the year.
Township Supervisor Patrick Duffy said that no parks and recreation meeting was held this month of July due to the holiday.
“The meeting took the moth off because of a regularly scheduled holiday,” he said.
But even without the meeting, the township was not done talking about fireworks. Duffy said that it was still in the forefront of the township’s staff members’ minds.
“We had to cancel our celebrations with the fireworks because of the weather, but we are still looking for an alternative for that,” said Duffy.
The fireworks display hit its first snag when a previously seated board of supervisors released the township’s usual vendor. Desiring change, the township sought a new vendor, but by the time one was located, the dates were already full for typical celebrations.
With limited choices, the township selected July 3 for its date, instead of the usual July 4.
“It was the third or nothing, so we felt that was the best choice,” said Duffy.
After the moved date, the township suffered a second hurdle with a decision about some nasty weather. It seemed Mother Nature was not going cooperate.
After it was clear the fields, used for parking around the celebration, would be far too wet to park on and that the storms of the day were not over, the township made the call on July 3 to cancel the display and concert.
Currently, the parks and recreation department will have two selections to reschedule the show’s expenditure.
“We are looking at dates in the fall or winter,” said Duffy. The department’s first choice would be to make a second celebration more special with an off-season display of fireworks.
A second choice would be to make a grander July 4 celebration in 2015.
“Or, we could make a larger show next year,” said Duffy.
No matter the final decision, Duffy said there would be a delivered show to the residents of Lower Providence.
“We haven’t forgotten,” said Duffy. “We’ve promised fireworks, and we will follow through.”