The Fourth of July fireworks show transforms the night sky above Hailey into a panoply of lights and colors to the delight of thousands of residents and visitors.
But that splendid display requires months of hard work and fundraising from the Chamber of Hailey & the Wood River Valley and local businesses.
Chamber Executive Director Mike McKenna said he made 50 phone calls trying to drum up contributions to ensure that the fireworks show will go on for another Independence Day holiday in 2019, in addition to going door-to-door to local businesses and raising money through events that the Chamber hosts.
The Chamber used proceeds from its home and garden show as well as its 5B Father’s Day Bash and Chili Cookoff to help support the fireworks show this year.
The show originally started in the late 1990s, thanks to donations from actor Bruce Willis. It quickly established itself as one of the best fireworks shows in Idaho and became an annual tradition.
The Chamber’s goal is to help make the Fourth of July celebrations in Hailey, including the parade, antique show, RiverFest and fireworks show, the best Independence Day event in the American West, McKenna said.
“It’s Hailey’s day in the sun,” he said. “I love the parade. We’re hoping that it’s going to be the biggest parade in years. It’s classic Americana.”
The fireworks show is the “candles on top of the cake,” McKenna said. It offers the perfect way to wrap up a long, fun-filled day in Hailey.
“We’ve been raising all the funds for it,” he said of the fireworks show. “Our community has been so great to step up and support this. We’re trying to make sure that the fireworks keep going. We’re just really appreciative of the business community. The business community gets asked a lot of, and they continue to step up and support.”