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Anonymous Radcliff citizen donates $10k toward fireworks celebration


Live music, good food, and of course, fireworks. It’s what you can expect this holiday weekend in Louisville and the surrounding areas.But one popular Fourth of July celebration is going to be bigger and better because of a generous community member.”It’s just something that’s always been a custom here in our community,” said Mayor J.J Duvall.A long-standing tradition in the city of Radcliff — the “Thunder over Radcliff” fireworks show during the 4th of July weekend — brings people far and wide right here to Lincoln Trail Boulevard. Like with everything during the pandemic, Duvall said they had to readjust operations last year and are keeping certain changes.”We’re actually going to park people in the middle of the road on Lincoln Trail, of course, the roads will be shut down and that’s where they’re going to be able to watch this show from,” Duvall said.But this year, with a fireworks shortage and the demand so high, the $5,000 to $6,000 the city would usually pay for the show wouldn’t be enough — putting the popular event in jeopardy. And then an anonymous Radcliff resident stepped in.”Last month, we had a citizen step forward and said I want to do something for our community, I want to do something that benefits the community and something that can be fun and be enjoyed by the community,” Duvall said.It came in the amount of a check for $10,000 offsetting the higher costs of the fireworks, with money left over to add in several more minutes of “oohs and aahs.””Obviously $10,000 is a lot of money, and for this individual to do that just shows how much they care and love our city,” Duvall told WLKY.Radcliff isn’t the only community celebrating this holiday weekend.Friday night, a three-night live concert series kicked off in Paristown with food and of course fireworks to end it all Sunday night.”I think we really missed those great American traditions. It is great to be back outside safely with people,” said Jeanne Hilt, the director of business development.Over at Waterfront Park Sunday night, a free live performance from the Louisville Orchestra will start the night off before the fireworks display alongside the Ohio River.Duvall says he’s happy Radcliff’s celebration will be bigger and better than years before.”We anticipate great weather; a good show and we want people to come out and get out of the house and start being around each other once again,” Duvall said.You want to get there before 8 p.m. so you can find a place to park on West Lincoln Trail Boulevard. The fireworks show in Radcliff starts around 10.

Live music, good food, and of course, fireworks. It’s what you can expect this holiday weekend in Louisville and the surrounding areas.

But one popular Fourth of July celebration is going to be bigger and better because of a generous community member.

“It’s just something that’s always been a custom here in our community,” said Mayor J.J Duvall.

A long-standing tradition in the city of Radcliff — the “Thunder over Radcliff” fireworks show during the 4th of July weekend — brings people far and wide right here to Lincoln Trail Boulevard. Like with everything during the pandemic, Duvall said they had to readjust operations last year and are keeping certain changes.

“We’re actually going to park people in the middle of the road on Lincoln Trail, of course, the roads will be shut down and that’s where they’re going to be able to watch this show from,” Duvall said.

But this year, with a fireworks shortage and the demand so high, the $5,000 to $6,000 the city would usually pay for the show wouldn’t be enough — putting the popular event in jeopardy. And then an anonymous Radcliff resident stepped in.

“Last month, we had a citizen step forward and said I want to do something for our community, I want to do something that benefits the community and something that can be fun and be enjoyed by the community,” Duvall said.

It came in the amount of a check for $10,000 offsetting the higher costs of the fireworks, with money left over to add in several more minutes of “oohs and aahs.”

“Obviously $10,000 is a lot of money, and for this individual to do that just shows how much they care and love our city,” Duvall told WLKY.

Radcliff isn’t the only community celebrating this holiday weekend.

Friday night, a three-night live concert series kicked off in Paristown with food and of course fireworks to end it all Sunday night.

“I think we really missed those great American traditions. It is great to be back outside safely with people,” said Jeanne Hilt, the director of business development.

Over at Waterfront Park Sunday night, a free live performance from the Louisville Orchestra will start the night off before the fireworks display alongside the Ohio River.

Duvall says he’s happy Radcliff’s celebration will be bigger and better than years before.

“We anticipate great weather; a good show and we want people to come out and get out of the house and start being around each other once again,” Duvall said.

You want to get there before 8 p.m. so you can find a place to park on West Lincoln Trail Boulevard. The fireworks show in Radcliff starts around 10.

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