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Athens 4th of July show saved by community donations

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(WBIR- Athens) The Fourth of July party is back on for the city of Athens.

Park officials announced Thursday that the city met its fundraising goal of $18,000 dollars to put on this year's fireworks show.

This comes after the city recently announced it didn't have enough money to put on a show.

Athens Insurance, Denso and Dynasty Spas will be title sponsors for the 2013 show.

Park officials say they're putting together an ad of all donors so that the community will know who to thank for helping save this year's fireworks

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 A Fourth of July tradition could be saved in Athens, if enough money is raised.

Earlier this month, officials with the City of Athens canceled the annual fireworks show because of lack of funding.

However, if enough money is pledged, the show could go on.

So far, the Athens Parks Foundation says that $9,500 has been pledged to fund the July 4 fireworks show.   They need $18,000 by Sunday to save the show.

"If we are able to raise the money by the 16th, Pyro Shows said we would still be able to be on their July 4 schedule. I encourage everyone to contribute so we may continue this great Athens tradition," said Austin Fesmire, Director of Parks and Recreation.

For additional information or to make a donation please contact Buddy Liner at 423-744-5308 or Austin Fesmire at 423-744-2706.

"The citizens and businesses of Athens are simply amazing," said Fesmire. "I am very excited to be able to report that we have passed the half way mark in such a short period of time and look forward to the next couple of days."

For more information contact the Athens Parks and Recreation Department at 423-744-2704 or email

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(WBIR-Athens) June 3, 2013.  The City of Athens has announced it doesn't have enough money to put on a Fourth of July fireworks show this year.

Parks and recreation officials say they've been working hard to raise enough money after the city lost sponsorship money. The city realized it could only fund the show if it pulled money from another project.

Officials say they plan to work toward a show in 2014.

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