Louisville's 4th of July fireworks celebration to return this year
"We are back better than ever," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer during a press conference Tuesday.
A cut in state funding to Waterfront Development Corporation led to the cancellation in festivities last year.
"Our team here at Waterfront and our leaders here said were not gonna let this happen again," Fischer said.
Officials say for this holiday, the city is pitching in $50,000 and private sponsors have also stepped up. The event will be free and feature the Louisville Orchestra for the first time since 2001.
"This opportunity playing at July 4, a signature event for the city, is a really wonderful way for the orchestra to I think connect with the very broad population of Louisville," said Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams. "I can't wait to show everybody just what the orchestra is about."
The orchestra plans to play different types of music, ranging from hip hop to classics and even Star Wars, according to a news release.
Louisville City FC will also play the Richmond Kickers at Slugger Field that evening. Organizers say the in the past, the celebration has brought 120,000 to 150,000 people downtown.
They hope these new partners will bring in major crowds.
"From our perspective, we will always try to make this event happen," said Waterfront Development Corp. Director David Karem. "This is one of the most important signature that takes place I think, in this community."
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