Dayton gets sponsor for fireworks display

Fireworks (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — With City Commission approval, Dayton’s fireworks display this year will have a sponsor.

Marion’s Piazza is putting up $20,000 to support the display.

The community has been very good to us over the last 49 years,” says Owner Roger Glass. “We always like to give back to the community. This is one way we can do it.”

Glass says he felt like the company was the perfect sponsor for the Independence Day fireworks because his father, Marion’s founder, was actually born on July 4th.

The fireworks will be called Marion Piazza’s Lights in Flight. The sponsorship will cover part of the $60,000 cost.

“Moving forward it’s going to be an important part of our doing this for the citizens of Dayton,” says Recreation and Youth Services Director Joe Parlette.

The festival will start around 5:00 p.m. July 3 and run until the fireworks that night. It will be free. Like City Folk, the festival it’s replacing that folded after last year, it will focus on multicultural performances.

“We felt it was important to continue in the spirit of that philosophy,” Parlette says.

The city wants the festival to pay for itself but running it proved too costly for City Folk to continue so we wanted to know what it plans to do differently.

“The mere fact it’s only five hours helps,” Parlette says. “The span of City Folk was multiple days so they carry their expenses for multiple days and if you have one bad day or two bad days weather wise you can only sustain that so many years.”

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