Randall Combs, the volunteer responsible for organizing the celebration, wanted to give the community a place to come out and celebrate the Fourth of July, regardless of the weather. Combs said, "We were proud we were able to still put the event on for our community. And we wanted people to say, 'Hey, look at Alton."
The city of Alton holds its Fourth of July celebration every year on the third, in order to not compete with other local events. Combs can only remember one occasion where they have cancelled their festivities due to rain.
"The city was able to still hold the celebration because of the volunteer fire department. They started flooding the area to keep it damp in case something was to happen (a fireworks fire), days before," said Combs. Another safety precaution was keeping the grass cut short at the city park, so there wouldn't be much for a spark to catch onto or spread.
"Everyone pulled together in the city, whether it was citizens or businesses," Combs said. Businesses donate fireworks or money for fireworks to be purchased -- their way of doing something for the community for the Fourth of July.
Combs said, "We had a very large crowd gather at the City Park for the events, and later I heard about people gathering at church and business parking lots to view the fireworks, which normally does not happen." Combs was pleased with the crowd turnout and the festivities overall.
The Alton Volunteer Fire Department offered refreshments during the event and local political candidates set up booths to meet and greet the public. The fireworks show lasted approximately 30 minutes and was enjoyed by the crowd.