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Saugatuck City Council to discuss 2021 Fourth of July fireworks

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 13:02:15-04

SAUGATUCK, Mich. — Saugatuck’s City Council will be discussing the state of this year’s Fourth of July Fireworks during a meeting Thursday afternoon.

The city's fireworks are put on by the Saugatuck/Douglas Rotary Club.

During discussions earlier this year with the city manager’s office, the club and city decided it would be prudent to move the fireworks later in the year.

The Rotary Club settled on Sept. 10 for multiple reasons, including it being close to the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and honoring first responders.

In addition, the Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser, a race up Mount Baldhead, is held on 9/11.

With the Rotary Club out for the Fourth of July, the City Council is looking into what can be done to fill the void.

Commissioner Lauren Stanton told Fox 17 the city likely won't have the money for Fourth of July fireworks unless another group steps in to cover it.

Several other West Michigan cities have already voted to cancel this year’s fireworks events because of the ongoing pandemic, including Grand Haven and South Haven.

As of Thursday, Grand Rapids and Muskegon are planning to move forward with their events.

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