The tradition of a fireworks show in Fowlerville dates back many years. Originally, a fireworks show was part of the annual Fowlerville Fair. On July 4, 1976, as part of a community wide Bicentennial celebration, the Fowlerville Fire Department held a fireworks show, and a tradition began. It grew into an annual 4th of July event with many activities, a parade, and the fireworks show being the finale of the 4th of July celebration. Activities were held and sponsored by local business owners, organizations,and volunteers.
With the success of the annual event, a committee was formed to plan the fireworks show, parade and activities. Locally, the committee is known as the 4th of July Committee. Fundraising for the fireworks show, which exceeds the cost of $10,000, is done primarily by donations collected by the committee members on July 4th of each year, prior to the fireworks show. Any activities are sponsored by local business owners, organizations, and efforts by the committee.
One of the most successful and enjoyable fundraising events held by the committee is the annual Chili Cook-Off, held in March, which is in its 13th year. The committee also holds fundraising Casino Trips which have become very popular. The committee is still in search of a major sponsor.
In 2011 the committee lost Allen Hale, aka “Smokey the Clown”, a Fowlerville Firefighter, and one of the original people involved in starting this wonderful tradition. Allen was much loved by all who knew him and is greatly missed.
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