Neighbors, leaders discuss new Rhythm and Booms location

Madison Festivals, Inc., plans to hold Fourth of July celebration on Lake Monona
Neighbors, leaders discuss new Rhythm and Booms location

City leaders held a meeting Monday night to discuss this summer’s Rhythm and Booms event on Lake Monona.

Officials said the meeting was for neighbors to talk about any concerns they have about the new location for the Fourth of July celebration, and for leaders to provide an update on the plans and city approvals that have not yet been granted.

Neighbors affected by the event also learned about cleanup plans.

A couple dozen people expressed concerns they have about the event moving from Warner Park to downtown, including security. Members of those neighborhood groups said the more communication they have with the city, the more comfortable they feel with the event.

“The more I hear about the planning and the more discussions I hear, the better I feel about it. And one of the reasons we’re having this meeting tonight is to get more information out to people. So this is a good thing,” said Jonathon Cooper with Capitol Neighborhood’s Bassett.

According to Madison alder Marsha Rummel’s blog, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin did not budget any funds for Rhythm and Booms this year. Madison Festivals, Inc., will be putting on the free event for area residents, and as of late January, they have reached 44 percent of their sponsorship goal.

The fireworks show is scheduled for June 28.