Many of them camped out with their travel chairs, blankets and coolers while listening to Super Jam’s tribute to the ’70s and ’80’s. One spectator, Kathy LoGrasso, even posted a message on the City’s Facebook page from White Birch Park saying, “We are here now and the band is AWESOME…Thanks City of Hazelwood.”
Others tossed around the football and played Frisbee with their kids waiting in eager anticipation for the rescheduled Fourth of July pyro-musical fireworks display scheduled later in the program.
“We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was a lot milder than the triple-digit temperatures we were having around the Fourth of July,” said Tim Davidson, Hazelwood’s communications manager. “Plus, drought conditions in our area improved with the recent rain amounts. There was less concern about drifting fallout from the exploding rockets causing brush fires in the park and to surrounding residential properties.”
Since Super Jam was the last band on the schedule for this year’s Hazelwood Summer Concert Series, event organizers felt it was the best time to reschedule the City’s Fourth of July fireworks display as a way to bring their summer activities to a climatic finish. The concert was moved from Truman Park to White Birch Park to accommodate a larger crowd for the fireworks. White Birch Park is the bigger venue of the two parks, and the place where the City puts on its annual Fourth of July event.
One Hazelwood mother said her son, Isaac, was elated when he heard about the City rescheduling its fireworks display. “He was really disappointed about the City cancelling its Fourth of July fireworks show. He thought the City had thrown away all the fireworks. But he got excited when the City sent us a phone message saying they were rescheduling the fireworks show. It made his day,” Jailethe Judy said.
More than 1,700 shells exploded in the sky, making Hazelwood’s event one of the best fireworks shows ever to be put on in the North County area. The rockets were synced to patriotic music for approximately 20 minutes. The company in charge of choreographing Hazelwood’s pyro-musical fireworks display for the second year in a row was Albeck Enterprises, LLC, d/b/a Lantis Fireworks of St. Louis.
The reactions from local residents and guests who watched the fireworks show have been very positive. Here are a few messages that were posted on the City’s Facebook page:
Paul Krause– “The best fireworks display I’ve seen. Very impressed. Thank you Hazelwood!”
Danielle Mitchell– “Fireworks were AWESOME…way to go City of Hazelwood…my daughter didn’t cover her ears this year which is a big step.”
Marsha Henderson– “We just watched the beautiful fireworks display from our front porch! Thank you Hazelwood!”