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Charles City looking forward 4th of July celebration

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by John Wilmer

CHARLES CITY (KWWL) - With the 4th of July rapidly approaching many communities are preparing for their annual celebrations. One city is making sure an accident that happened last year won't happen again.

In Charles City a shell misfired and landed in a crowd near Main Street. At least 37 people were hurt.          

For decades the fireworks display in Charles City was launched from the banks of the Cedar River, but now there is a new location.  Organizers say this change isn't because of what happened last year, it's because the land that was used for the fireworks was purchased by another company.

"It's one of the biggest activities we do in Charles city the whole year. We estimate our population will double during this weekend," Director of Development, Veronica Litterer said.

This year the location of the display has been changed from downtown and empty parking lot to a spot near the high school. Meaning people can watch from a safer distance even their own backyards.

"We had our fireworks show downtown close to the main street area for the last 30 plus years so this is a really big change for us this year and we will just have to wait and see how people find their new spots and probably get a new and better location than they had before," said Litterer.

Mark Barry, one of the organizers for the events downtown, says the changes won't cause many problems.

"Everyone really cares about the 4th of July here. It's something we really build up and with the changes with the fireworks and things like that. I think that people are just still glad they can celebrate the way we can and I think the sacrifices that we have to make a little bit for some changes I don't think anybody cares they just want to celebrate," Barry said.

The fireworks are scheduled to light up the sky in Charles City at 10 Saturday night.

The 4th of July celebration kicked off last night in Charles City and will wrap up at 6:00 Sunday night.

  

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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