ANNA — Disappointed Anna-area residents have a reason to celebrate now and again on July 4. One week after cancelling its annual fireworks display, the City of Anna has announced the display is back on.
A news release dated June 28 says the Anna Fire Department, under the direction of Chief Gary Rider, is now responsible for the annual fireworks celebration.
“It is with great joy that the city of Anna will be contracting with another company to provide this service, The Fourth of July fireworks celebration is back on!” the news release reads.
Rider was notified a few days ago that the Illinois State Fire Marshal had suspended the license of DVC Imports, which was under contract to provide fireworks in Anna and at more than 100 celebrations throughout the Midwest. Although city officials have worked diligently, they said, it has been difficult for them to find a new provider that is licensed and properly insured, but they now have an agreement with another company.
Mayor Steve Hartline said he was thankful for the efforts of city administrator Steve Guined, Rider, city attorney John Foley, Melinda Clary of Consolidated Insurance and Brad Dawson in organizing the last-minute fireworks celebration with such short notice.
The fireworks display will begin at dusk July 4 at Anna City Park. The rain date is July 5.