Hamilton city manager hopes to keep fireworks this year despite recommendation

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The City Council was told a citizen committee recommended against having the Independence Day fireworks this year. But Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith said he hopes the city still can have them, despite concerns about coronavirus and the need for social distancing.

“It’s Independence Day, and I truly believe that we could have a fireworks display and keep people safe,” Smith said. “I understand not having the parade. I understand not having the density in the downtown.’

“But certainly I would not be a fan of not having fireworks on Independence Day,” while keeping people safe and while raising money to pay for the display.

Mayor Pat Moeller noted he is a member of the committee, and there was a concern among sponsors about how a display could meet the guidance set by Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio’s director of health.

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In past years, the display has cost between $18,000 and $20,000, Moeller said.

Smith said he plans to develop a plan by council’s next meeting in two weeks.

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