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Greece brings back fireworks
Greece- An all-out celebration, the town brought back its 4th of July festivities with a bang Friday night. A $20,000 fireworks show lit up the sky over thousands of people in Greece and it didn't cost taxpayers a dime.
Thats always a bonus, said Phillip OBrien who was there with son for the 18-month-olds first fireworks show. There is an excitement in kids eyes when they really get to see them and enjoy the sounds and the sights, OBrien said.
The town has gone without the famous 4th of July tradition for several years because of budget cuts.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich said, Got to have fireworks, you know its the 4th of July. Reilich took office in January, by February he was already planning the old fashioned celebration.
Within a few months, the town raised more than $52,000 to put on the all-day event. Money that came from local businesses; Wegmans and the Doan Family of Dealerships were the two biggest donors. The 5k race, its sponsors and food vendors at the celebration also chipped in.
It took a lot of time and effort but Reilich said the community came together to restore a sense of pride and reignite a tradition in the town. Reilich said You know we often we don't have a chance to talk to our neighbor down the street and this is a chance for everyone to come together, celebrate America, celebrate the 4th of July and just have some fun.
More than 100 town employees showed up at 6 a.m. Friday to make it all happena celebration the people of Greece have missed. Reilich expected at least 10,000 people to show up for the fireworks.
OBrien said, We're happy it's right in our backyard and we get to enjoy it here again it's going to be great this year.
A $50,000 day, it was expensive but the town raised more than it needed. Reilich said the extra $2,000 will get rolled over into next years budget with plans to make the celebration even bigger in 2015.