Madison celebrates 4th of July with only minor hitches

Dublin Park in Madison played host to the city's annual 4th of July Celebration


Fourth of July celebrations went off almost without a hitch Monday. A strong gust of wind and the threat of a severe thunderstorm brought a festival at Dublin Park in Madison to a temporary halt, but was quickly back on track twenty minutes later.

The City of Madison hosted its annual 4th of July Celebration at Dublin Park yesterday. It began with the ribbon cutting of a newly constructed concession stand and restrooms at the park.

During most of the afternoon, the park was filled with inflatable rides and water slides for children, food vendors and music by the band PackSand. The climax of the day was a huge fireworks show.

“It was great,” Sandra Gates, age 16, said. She and her six brothers and sisters stayed at the park all afternoon and for the fireworks show. “Even with the brief disruption, the event was a lot of fun.”

At Bridge Street Town Centre, thousands of people crowded among the courtyard at Bridge Street, among the parking lots at adjacent offices and along the streets leading to the outdoor shopping center.

Tons of publicity promoting a simultaneous  fireworks show with Bridge Street and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center brought record crowds to see the 20-minute show that was synchronized to music. However, the fireworks planned at the Space and Rocket Center ran into trouble early in the show. Only half the fireworks were shot during the display. The rest  were eventually fired off at 10:30 p.m.

In addition to the display, both locations hosted fun activities and entertainment throughout the day.

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