Our View: A top-notch fireworks show | CraigDailyPress.com

Our View: A top-notch fireworks show

What Craig residents remember as 35 spectacular minutes of shooting light displays, took months of planning to come to fruition and we commend the dedicated firefighters who worked to make a fabulous Fourth of July fireworks show happen.

It starts with the money.

Both the city and county contribute $4,000 to the show and firefighters remind people throughout the year that they can contribute to the fireworks fund.

Months in advance the fireworks have to be ordered, and the day they arrive, volunteers from the fire department head to the fire station to unload boxes containing 900 shells. Then the real work begins.

By the time July 4 rolls around, hours and hours of work have already gone into the big show’s preparation — from digging the holes where mortar shells will be placed on the firing line to orchestrating brush fire crews to manning hot spots during the show.

On the day of the show, most of the fire department spends about eight hours of what is also their holiday weekend setting, preparing and shooting the high-powered explosives.

Bureau of Land Management firefighters also offered their services to assist with any wild land fires that started as the result of the show.

And what a show it was. The length was perfect, the timing well done and the finale orchestrated for the best impact possible.

We hope that the entire community took the time to be a part of such a display. We also hope that they recognize the time, energy and money that went in to making it happen.

Next time you see a Craig City Council member, a Moffat County commissioner or a Craig Fire/Rescue volunteer take the time to thank them. There are other things to do with time and money, but using it to celebrate America’s independence in a way that brings the entire community together is, we believe, one of the better ways.

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