WEIRTON - A campaign is being launched within the Weirton business community to raise money for this year's community Independence Day fireworks display.
Weirton Medical Center will be spearheading the effort to raise funds for this year's fireworks display, set to take place July 4 in the city, according to Kelli McCoy, director of communications at the hospital.
The Renaissance Weirton committee had already donated $5,000 for the show, but Weirton City Council members determined at Monday's regular meeting that the remaining costs were too much for the city's budget to accommodate. Consequently, they voted against funding the balance of the display this year.
"We will be forming a group of civic-minded business owners, individuals and organizations to raise the needed funds so our community can celebrate the nation's birthday," McCoy said. "WMC will lead the way with this effort as a way to say thank you to the community. We are confident this will be quickly accomplished."
The fireworks display will cap off a day of activities, including the annual Weirton Independence Day Parade in the morning, and the "Band Blast," battle of the bands event scheduled for the evening.