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Redington Shores saves its July 4 fireworks display

Redington Shores' fireworks display, a years-long tradition watched by thousands, will be held on the Fourth of July this year, after all. The event?s happening had been in doubt after the company that had done it for many years pulled out. A last-minute marathon phone call session by Mayor MaryBeth Henderson saved the fireworks display. [Doug Clifford | Times]
Published May 23

REDINGTON SHORES — The town's fireworks display, a years-long tradition watched by thousands, will be held on the Fourth of July this year, after all.

The event's happening had been in doubt after the company that had done it for many years pulled out.

A last-minute marathon phone call session by Mayor MaryBeth Henderson saved the fireworks display.

"The show must go on, even though we were told multiple times it wasn't going to happen," said the mayor of her mindset as she began her phone search-and-rescue mission.

"The people who had the fireworks contract for years and years called, at the very last minute, and said, 'We can't do it on the Fourth,'" Henderson said as she described the town's predicament at a recent meeting.

"We've always done it on the Fourth," Henderson said.

City Clerk Mary Palmer called around, and found nobody that could do the fireworks.

Henderson said, "I got on the phone for a couple of hours one evening, and wound up talking to the company that does St. Pete Beach's fireworks display."

"They had one spot left," she said. "So the show is on for July Fourth."

A contract with the display company, Angry Unicorn Displays, shows the fireworks take place on July 4 at County Park, as usual, and begin around 9 p.m. The 15-minute show will cost the town $15,000. Residents and businesses also donate to the event.

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