Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

2008 4th of July Hometown Fireworks at Shea Stadium

Thanks to the dedication of the Norwood Fireworks Committee, headed by Donna Burgess, and the generosity of the Carl H. Lindner family, the 5th Annual Norwood Hometown Fireworks promises to out bedazzle previous years, and that’s really saying something. For one thing, The 122nd Army Band, The Ohio Army National Guard’s premier performing group will be the entertainment. The band, which is stationed at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, has over 80 members who travel throughout the state performing sit-down concerts, jazz concerts, military ceremonies, parades and a variety of other public functions.

There’s another great addition to this year’s program, and this is really, really fantastic for our young people. The Fireworks Committee had an essay contest through Norwood High School on the subject of “What do the fireworks symbolize on the 4th of July?” Committee member Casey Brown tells us Stacha Hof wrote the winning essay, and Sarah Watson was the runner up. Stacha will be presented a cash prize of $300, and Sarah will receive $200. Also, Stacha’s essay will be printed in the fireworks’ program, and we’ll publish it here at a later date. Congratulations to these two gifted essayists!

Friday, July 4, 6:30 p.m. ‘til after the fireworks at dusk

Where: Shea Stadium, 2603 Harris Avenue
122nd Army Band Concert: Starts at 8:00 p.m.
Food and beverages: Athletic Boosters and the Boy Scouts will have separate booths.
Fun extras: There will games and different fun things for the kids to do before the fireworks start, plus B-105.1 FM Country Radio will be on hand.
Master of Ceremonies: Steve Thornbury
More information: 731-4287

The Fireworks Committee has created a terrific poster to promote the event and is looking for businesses, churches, and other organizations to place them. If you can help, call Casey Brown at 396-6683 or e-mail her at