Vendor tests fireworks from new location ahead of the Fourth

Published 4:12 pm Thursday, April 25, 2024

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The vendor for Albert Lea’s Fourth of July fireworks shot off a series of fireworks Thursday night from the new planned location for this year’s display to test visibility throughout the community.

Organizers of the fireworks earlier this month said they planned to move the annual display from the city beach to a new location this year on city property west of the Blazing Star Landing between Fountain and Albert Lea lakes.

Shari Sprague, executive director of the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, which fundraises for the fireworks, said volunteers were expected to gather photos and video from at least 15 locations to advise residents where the best locations will be to watch the display on the Fourth.

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She said 10 to 15 fireworks were estimated to be shot into the air between 8:45 and 9 p.m.

In a short post on Facebook afterward, the chamber posted: “Great visibility from a variety of locations! AND, the Humane Society Executive Director said, ‘It was loud outside but not too bad inside. All in all, it was better than expected!'”

The move in the fireworks location is taking place so the display can be in compliance with state code.

Organizers said they believe spectators will be able to use both lakes to view the event by boat or sit on sidewalks or in surrounding parks to watch.

Check the Tribune later Friday morning for more information about visibility from various locations.

The Tribune went to New Denmark Park to test visibility there.