The Pryor Times

September 12, 2013

Council member sets sights on July 4th display

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner not many people are thinking about Independence Day.

For one Pryor City Council member, however, a Fourth of July celebration is at the top of his to do list.

“For the past two years we, as a town, haven’t had a fireworks display,” said council member Travis Noland.” People have provided a lot of feedback and it’s become obvious this is something the community wants to see return.”

Travis, also the Main Street President, said the project is in the beginning stages, focusing on organizing and  raising funds.

His vision is a full fledged Fourth of July celebration, not just a fireworks display.

“I want to have a community celebration with booths, vendors, entertainment, games for the kids, food and fireworks,” said Noland.

For the past two years Pryorites have driven to nearby towns to partake in their celebrations.

“We don’t want to compete with any other town’s event. We want Pryor to have it’s own day of celebration, put it's own stamp on the holiday,” said Noland.

His plan is to collect donations then plan the event according to the money raised.

Noland is seeking businesses to sponsor the event, volunteers to coordinate both fundraising efforts and the event as a whole. For now, Noland is seeking donations but plans to host fundraising events in the future.

“It is important to get some funding in the next few weeks to ensure that we can get a firework vendor scheduled,” said Noland.

Noland said he looks forward to seeing Fourth of July festivities return to Pryor.

“I’d love seeing it become a community effort to put together this event. It’s always great to see the community pull together for something we all want and care about,” said Noland.