There won’t be any booms, bangs and bright lights in the sky come the Fourth of July in North Branch this year.
The city was unable to secure a contract with Melrose Pyrotechnic — the company it had used for past fireworks shows — in time for the Independence Day celebration.
The city looked into using other pyrotechnic companies to perform the show, but like Melrose, they were all booked July 4.
The North Branch Fire Department Relief Association had already raised the funds for the show through its charitable gambling activities, so rather than just forgo the show completely, the council decided to have the dusk display Saturday, July 6, at the high school.
Mayor Ron Lindquist said he wanted the city to have Melrose Pyrotechnic do the show because the city has a track record with that company and they “do an outstanding job,” but the Fire Relief Association suggested using Hollywood Pyrotechnic out of Pine City.
“My gut feeling is to go with Hollywood and follow the people who are paying for it,” Councilmember Theresa Furman said.
Since the city wasn’t able to book a show on the Fourth of July, Furman said July 6 would be a good time to test out a new company.
“If they’re good, let’s see if we can book them next year on the Fourth,” she said.