The city of Lacey tradition of holding a fireworks show a day before Independence Day has a more certain future after it received a sponsorship commitment for the next three years.
Twin Star Credit Union has agreed to be the presenting sponsor for the fireworks show, while Xerox Corp. will sponsor a “freedom concert” -- possibly a military band -- that will entertain people before the show.
Xerox also has agreed to a three-year commitment for the concert.
Both sponsorship agreements were announced by Lacey Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Fred Wright at Thursday night’s Lacey City Council meeting, one of Wright’s final acts as executive director. He is leaving the chamber at the end of the month.
Sponsorship funding amounts were not mentioned Thursday night, but a past community effort to raise money for the July 3 fireworks show, which included the Lacey Chamber, amounted to $20,000.
For more than 40 years, the fireworks display could be seen at South Sound Center in Lacey, but that changed in 2012 after an updated operating agreement between the major retailers in the shopping center ended the event.
That agreement stated, in part, that "firework shows" were not consistent with "first-class shopping centers."
After that, a community effort, including the Lacey Chamber, set out to raise money and find a new location for the fireworks display. The fireworks are now set off at William A. Bush park on Yelm Highway, with most people watching them from the Lacey Crossroads Shopping Center across from the park.
The freedom concert will take place at the shopping center.
Twin Star Credit Union is a longtime credit union in Thurston County, while Xerox has ties to the area, too. A Xerox company called Affiliated Computer Services operates a call center, which is thought to serve Verizon customers, in Hawks Prairie.
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