We think Mayor Soglin and Madison Festivals, Inc. absolutely nailed it with the decision to move the annual Fourth of July Rhythm & Booms celebration from Warner Park to Downtown Madison. Not only is the John Nolen Drive location a much more appropriate and manageable venue for the party, but it feels so much part of the city with the potential to be a defining event and likely regional draw. It’s a great solution to sticky problems that arose at Warner Park as the event grew…and grew. This should be a great party.


Having said that, our preference is the city find a way to support other neighborhood fireworks celebrations, including something for Warner Park, and especially for Elver Park on the Southwest side. These communities have come to value there annual celebrations as a way of bringing neighbors together and that’s important. A few, smaller celebrations make sense to us. But congratulation to those who came up with a Downtown Madison event, and the