New Carlisle will hold a Fourth of July holiday fireworks show on Saturday for the first time in more than a decade.
In the past, the city did not have enough revenue for a fireworks show. New Carlisle residents used to travel 30 minutes on average to reach the closest show, according to New Carlisle Mayor Ethan Reynolds.
This year’s celebration has been made possible in part by the newly elected city council, which has allocated $10,000 to pay for the expenses.
“For the first time in quite some time we cut the budget, went through line-by-line, had a surplus and thought ‘Hey, let’s thank the voters of New Carlisle,’” said Reynolds.
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of bringing fireworks back to the city, Reynolds said.
Residents may observe the show at Haddix Ball Park, with parking available in the IGA parking lot. Early arrival begins at 7 p.m., and the fireworks show begins at dark.
In addition, a DJ and a Whitter’s Wings food truck will be available in those locations. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, as seating will not be provided.
A pool party will be held at the New Carlisle pool, which will have extended hours on the night of the celebration.
“The city is doing what it should have done all along, taking care of its citizens and making sure they know that they are greatly appreciated,” said Reynolds.