ALTON — The Alton fireworks display is set to go on July 3 as planned with minor changes that spectators should enjoy.
The show is expected to begin at 9:30 p.m. and will end at approximately 10 p.m.
While Alton is looking to cut its budget in many areas, the fireworks display will actually be several minutes longer.
“The money for the fireworks display actually comes from the Liberty Amphitheater fund,” Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold said. “The amphitheater has its own separate fund and is not impacted by the city budget.”
The city of Alton had a three-year contract with Central States Fireworks for a set dollar amount. As part of that three-year agreement, Central States came to terms with Alton that an annual 10 percent increase in the show would occur throughout the contract’s lifetime.
“Central States Fireworks added more shells to make it a slightly longer show,” Sebold said. “We believe the show itself will be even better this year. The people in our community should really enjoy the show.”
River traffic will cease at 9:15 p.m. to allow for safety measures to be put into place and will resume at a scheduled time of 10:15 p.m. The Clark Bridge will remain open during the fireworks show because it has been determined to be outside of the designated danger zone.
If the fireworks show is cancelled due to weather, the show will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 5.