How Much Did Your Town Spend on Fireworks?

Patch compares the costs of displays in Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Glenview, Northbrook and Deerfield.

While some Illinois municipalities have canceled fireworks or combined forces to save money in recent years, the show goes on in the north suburbs.

Between Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Glenview, Northbrook and Deerfield, Chicago’s North Shore will spend nearly $200,000 on fireworks this year. 

Among those suburbs, the most expensive display is the one in Wilmette, which rings in at $40,000, according to Steve Wilson, executive director of the Wilmette Park District. Including entertainment, set up and staff time, the total bill for the day comes to $60,000, Wilson said. 

The least expensive display is Deerfield’s, put on by the city at a cost of $9,500, according to Andrew Lichterman, management analyst for the village.

Check out the table below to see where your town stacks up—and how your fireworks are funded, whether it’s through the municipality or through the fundraising efforts of a private group (as in Evanston, Glenview and Northbrook, for example.)

Town Cost Funding Source Deerfield $9,500 Village of Deerfield Evanston $27,000 Evanston Fourth of July Association Glencoe $21,000 Glencoe Park District Glenview $25,900 Glenview 4th of July Committee Highland Park $15,000 City of Highland Park Northbrook $20,000 Northbrook 4th of July Association Wilmette $40,000 Wilmette Park District Winnetka $32,500 Village of Winnetka
Melanie Santostefano July 05, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Hi James, These figures are strictly for fireworks costs. Melanie
Jennifer Fisher July 05, 2012 at 07:42 PM
We didn't include Lake Forest since this story didn't run on Lake Forest Patch. That's a good question, though!
Joanna Schneider July 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
@James, you can see which burbs' firework displays are funded through tax dollars and which, like Glenview, are funded through private fundraising.
Lucille P July 06, 2012 at 02:09 AM
What an eye opener. It would be a real service to see a follow up article to illustrate what these figures include. In Wilmette is it the fireworks, or the entire celebration including the payroll dollars for the Village services.
Jennifer Fisher July 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
$40,000 is the total cost for the fireworks in Wilmette. Counting payroll, entertainment and setup, the celebrations were $60,000.


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