Thousands Celebrate Patriotism in the Park

By: Jessica Jaglois Email
By: Jessica Jaglois Email

The History of McIntire Park's Fireworks

This 4th of July marked America's 235th birthday.  Many celebrated the day at McIntire Park. However, two years ago, the annual tradition was in jeopardy of disappearing.

In 2009, funding for the festival washed up and the committee in charge of the celebration said it was too expensive to continue.

"It's hard to imagine Thomas Jefferson's home without a July 4th celebration and it really was in danger of going away," said Brad Ramsey, General Manager of the Charlottesville Newsplex.

Last year, the Newsplex took the reigns of the 4th of July celebrations along with sponsors Century Link and Stellar One Bank.

-Rachel Ryan

July 4, 2011

Almost 1,500 fireworks sparkled in the night sky in front of a crowd of ten thousand at McIntire Park in Charlottesville Monday.

The Newsplex and Century Link sponsored Patriotism in the Park. The event, which featured food, snow cones, and bouncy castles, culminated in fireworks make possible by Stellar One Bank.

Although the rain kept the crowds away at first, many said the fireworks were worth the wait.

"I like it because you get to see a lot of different people. All of the kids are running around having fun and the fireworks are amazing," Nicole Ward.

CBS19's Dan Schutte and Tiffani Sargent emceed the event, and CBS19's Tara Wheeler sang the National Anthem.

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