July 4th Celebration Restored with Help of Community Leader
BROOKSVILLE – Last year, for the first time in more than 15 years, county residents were able to celebrate the 4th of July with a free fireworks show and a smash em’ up derby. The event drew more than 10,000 residents and organizers expect to draw even bigger crowds this year.
Organizers say they’re happy to see the event return, as it is the only July 4th Celebration for residents of Hernando County. “It all started last year when I was talking with my friend Nick Nicholson, who also serves as a County Commissioner. We both thought it was a shame it was that we didn’t have a community event to celebrate the 4th of July,” said organizer Richard Klimas, president of the Brooksville Pulling Association. “I knew how to put together a great derby and when the county wasn’t able to help fund the event, Nick made the decision the he and other local businesses could raise the amount necessary to bring fireworks back to our community. He personally knocked on doors and raised the majority of the money we needed.“
The Derby and Fireworks show are expected to be even bigger and there are new activities for kids, like free pony rides, a petting zoo, free games, and a huge Lego display. All American food will also be available in the form of hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, boiled peanuts and much more.
Klimas say “It is amazing how many people and businesses are now a part of this great community event.” Klimas continues, “Our goal – which was especially important to Nick as a disabled veteran – was to bring the community together to celebrate America and honor our freedom. We hope this year even more people will bring the family and have an incredible evening.”
Opening ceremony begins Monday July 4th at 6:30 p.m., followed by the derby, with fireworks planned for about 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $10 parking for each car.
The Hernando County Fairgrounds is located at 6436 Broad St. in Brooksville
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