Updated: STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford will hold its Independence Day fireworks on July 3 thanks to nearly $100,000 in corporate donations, Mayor David Martin announced Friday morning.
"We have received an unprecedented amount of support from community partners and corporate citizens that includes Garden Homes Management Corp., RMS Companies., BLT (Building and Land Technology) and F.D. Rich Co., and several others that wish to remain anonymous but just want to make their contribution to the city's success," Martin said during an 11 a.m. press conference in the Government Center lobby.
The fireworks display that had been restored in 2013 after a three-year hiatus due to budget cuts, was facing cancellation again this year due to fiscal concerns. As his predecessor, Republican Michael Pavia did last year, Martin turned to private businesses for money to hold the event.
Also, Martin opened the press conference by speaking about D-Day and calling for a moment of silence on the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of occupied France in World War II.
The landing was "one of the turning points in World War II and one of the most important turning points in American history," he said.
The estimated cost of the fireworks show, including pay for city workers and police officers, is expected to be about $110,000, Martin said. The city will cough up about $15,000 of that, he said. It's important that the city also play a role in funding the event, Martin said.
"I believe this is the responsibility of the city as well as these great corporate citizens," he said in comments after the press conference.
As an extra bonus due to the high level of corporate support, the show will be extended to 25 minutes from its traditional 20 minutes, Martin said, as he called the event a perfect example of public-private partnerships.
"I think everybody is going to have a great day," he said.
The fireworks show will be held at Cummings Park at 9:30 p.m. July 3. The free event begins at 6 p.m.
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