The Pryor Times

February 21, 2014

Fireworks return to Pryor Creek

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK —

Fireworks have been purchased and the date set for Pryor’s Independence Day celebration.

Pryor City Council approved the expenditure of $12,500 for fireworks, through Rainbow Fireworks Inc., for the city's Independence Day celebration.

“This is so we have the opportunity to celebrate our country, as a community,” said Travis Noland, Main Street Program Coordinator. “We don’t want to compete with any other town.”

The city of Pryor has not had a fireworks display for two years.

“Considering everything we do as a city council, this is where I get the most feedback. When it gets close to Forth of July, I get tons of phone calls asking when the city firework show is. I feel safe in saying this is something the community wants to see happen,” said Noland.

While the celebration is still being planned Noland said he does anticipate the event including a barbecue cook-off and a car show. Fundraising efforts yielded $16,000, leaving enough in the budget to book two bands, Noland said.

Noland said with the amount of great barbecue in town, he looks forward to seeing how the competition shapes up, both with businesses and individuals.

“There are several ideas still being thrown around. Some tentative plans,” said Noland, in regards to more food options, ice cream, activities and Veteran recognition.

He added that there will be a website and/or Facebook page coming soon so the community can share their ideas on the celebration and share the word with their friends.

The tentative date for the event is June 28, Noland said, so as to not interfere with anyone’s plans to travel or spend time with family.

“If nothing else, this will give families more than one opportunity to celebrate Independence Day,” Noland said.