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Will the Fourth have fireworks this year?
Fundraiser Saturday to raise money for Independence Day events
2012 fireworks
Last years 4th of July Celebration in Platteville ended with these fireworks at Legion Park.

Independence Day celebrations are supposed to conclude with fireworks.

Last year, some fireworks displays were canceled, and others were not approved until the last minute, because of last summer’s drought.

This year, Platteville’s Independence Day fireworks may not be held, but not because of the weather. Organizers of Platteville’s 4th of July are $4,000 short of the needed funds to hold the fireworks, according to Kathy Kopp of the Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce.

To raise funds for the fireworks and other 4th of July events, a fundraiser is being held at Pioneer Lanes, 1085 E. Business 151, Platteville, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. All proceeds from bowling and shoe rental will go to the fireworks fund.

The event will include specials on food and drinks, a vendor show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and live music with Outta Control from 7 to 11 p.m.

Independence Day events begin with the 5K and Youth Walk/Run at the Rollo Jamison Museum, with registration at 7:30 a.m. The museum will hold Heritage Day, with free admission to the museum and reduced admission to the Bevan lead mine and train ride. The Wundo Band will perform from noon to 4 p.m.

Events at Legion Field include men’s softball and bean bag tournaments, and kids’ activities. The fireworks are scheduled for dusk, with the rain date July 5, assuming the financial goal is reached.