BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – After cancelling Fourth of July festivities last year due to budget issues, Beavercreek residents are commemorating Independence Day with new supporters.
“We had a huge turnout. Everybody came back,” said Beavercreek mayor Brian Jarvis.
After going a year without celebrating the fourth of July, people filled Rotary Park in Beavercreek, Saturday night to support a festival they missed.
“We had some budget issues. We had to tighten up a little bit. Council decided that it was best not to hold that,” said Jarvis.
According to mayor Jarvis, the cancellation of the Fourth festivities didn’t sit well with residents, last year.
“The very moment that we canceled last years celebration, we heard from the public. They wanted it back,” Jarvis said.
The city’s mayor said the cost of holding a successful Independence day celebration cost the city around $25,000, and $15,000 of that goes towards the fireworks.
“When you have funding issues, your priorities come first. Police, streets and preservation of public property comes first everything else falls. This fell below the line last year,” Jarvis said, “Starting this year we have corporate, individual sponsors. So this is not funded with our public tax dollars anymore. This is funded by corporations, individuals and the like.”
John Wysocki said he’s been to Beavercreek’s several times before and is glad that city residents have a place to celebrate that’s right at home, again.
“I think it’s fabulous and I think that the community is really going to back it up so that Beavercreek never again decides not to have it,” said Wysocki.
The city now has a committee to organize and fund raise for the event.