ANNA — Disappointing. That was the description residents of the Anna area gave when they heard the annual fireworks display at Anna City Park had been canceled. The city announced the cancellation Tuesday afternoon in a news release signed by Mayor Steve Hartline.
A few residents knew the event had been canceled, but many did not.
According to the news release, the event was scheduled as usual, but on June 4, Illinois State Fire Marshal did not issue a license to the vendor allowing them to conduct a fireworks display. Diligent efforts were made to secure another vendor, but the city was unable to do so because of the limited amount of time between the fire marshal's decision and July 4.
The city council does intend to continue having Fourth of July fireworks at Anna City Park in the future.
“I didn’t know that,” Alicia Rodriguez of Jonesboro said of the cancellation.
Rodriguez has two children ages 5 and 7 and was watching them play with their cousins on the playground in Anna City Park.
“We come here to watch fireworks. It is going to be disappointing for a lot of families,” Rodriguez said. “They put on a pretty good show.”
The cancellation also was news to David Olshon, owner and operator of Dave’s Barber Shop at 324 S. Main St. Olshon said is it nice to have local displays.
He usually watches fireworks from behind his building on Main Street. He lives in an apartment in the building and operates the barber shop in the front of the building.
“It’s a really nice thing. They go all out,” Olshon said. “With the state, I’m not surprised.”
Olshon used to live the Chicago area and is used to large fireworks displays. He said city officials and the fire department do a good job with the display.
Kathy Bryan, who owns Kiki’s Coffeehouse next door at 326 S. Main St., had heard the news and said a lot of families will be very disappointed.
“It is very disappointing. It’s a very big family event,” Bryan said.
Bryan said everyone could go to Tamms.
"Tamms has does a huge Fourth of July event," Bryan said.