Fireworks season brings shows, safety reminders

Officials: Rhythm and Booms show is Wednesday, not Saturday
Fireworks season brings shows, safety reminders

Madison city leaders want to remind everyone that Rhythm and Booms isn’t on its usual day this year.

Normally, the fireworks show is on the Saturday before the Fourth of July but Madison required that the event move to a weekday in order to not over-tax city resources.

Last year, about 200,000 people attended the fireworks show at Warner Park and organizers hope fans don’t show up this Saturday.

“If you show up this Saturday and start putting your blanket down, you’re going to have to wait,” said Terry Kelly of Rhythm and Booms. “I think people are still confused about the fact that it is Wednesday, July 3 this year.”

There’s isn’t a rain date so the show will go on unless there’s severe weather.

“So as a result, we will shoot whatever time it takes, and even in light rain or drizzle or less-than-perfect conditions,” said Kelly.

If severe weather hits, the park will be cleared but people will be asked to return afterwards because the fireworks will go on.

Another change this year, a flyover will happen during the National Anthem, this time, by volunteers as the military has stopped them as part of the sequester.

Officials said alcohol, grills and pets are not allowed at the show.

If you’re lighting fireworks at home, the Red Cross shared some safety tips.

The Red Cross suggests lighting only one firework at a time and if it’s a dud, don’t try to relight it.

The Red Cross also suggests everyone keep water handy as a precaution, to store fireworks in a cool, dry place, and wear eye protection if you’re lighting fireworks.