Elver Park fireworks still planned for July 3

Organizers will work with Madison Fire Department to monitor conditions
Elver Park fireworks still planned for July 3

Organizers are still planning to hold a Madison fireworks tradition despite the dry weather.

Fireworks are set to light up the sky over Elver Park on Tuesday night.

The Madison Parks Division, which organizes the event every year, said it has been in constant communication with the Madison Fire Department about the dry conditions, and after a meeting Monday morning, it was decided that it was still safe to keep the show on as scheduled.

“We are not taking this lightly. This is something that we’ve been working with the Fire Department on. (Fire officials have) been checking into the area and making sure there are safety zones and working with the vendor that does the fireworks,” said Laura Whitmore, of the Madison Parks Division.

Extra fire crews will be on hand for the show — placed in a few pre-determined spots in the fall-out zone — that might pose a risk.

The Madison Fire Department’s Station 7 is also located near the Elver Park hill, and city staff have mowed down tall grass in some areas to further diminish the risk of a fire.

The fireworks company said it has been doing shows for decades and it’s confident this one will go off without any incidents. 

The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

For more information about the event, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks.