GRAND MOUND — Fireworks have been synonymous with the Fourth of July. Now, the trick is to find the best show around to dazzle on the national holiday, and for many people in Clinton County there’s only one place to go — Grand Mound.
What started as a small tradition for Dick and Judy Bruckman 35 years ago has now grown into a one-day spectacle that generates a gathering of hundreds to the town of about 650 residents.
“Dick just had a few couple hundred dollars worth of fireworks and just went down to the park to shoot them off,” Clinton County Fireworks Association treasurer Ron Clausen said. “It took about five or six years before it started to become a big show and from there it just continued to grow each year. I think it’s been probably the last 20 years that it’s been a big, big show.”
This year that big, big show is expected to be one of the biggest in the city’s history with nearly $50,000 worth of fireworks that will light up the night sky on the Fourth of July.
But in order to accomplish a show of that caliber, Clausen said support from the community is an essential piece of what the association is able to deliver.
Some of that support comes the night of the fireworks show with ticket and concession sales, but the majority comes from local business support and sponsorship.
“We just kept trying to get more money and that’s what made it grow. Originally we started ordering shows that were bigger than the money that we had, hopeful that the night’s revenue would make up the difference,” he said. “Over the years we’ve collected enough money that that night’s money goes to next year’s show.”
One of the association’s longest standing sponsors is First Central State Bank in DeWitt. For more than seven years the financial institution has supported the Grand Mound fireworks display and without those monetary donations, Clausen isn’t sure the show would be where it is at today.