If you're a Coventry resident, you've probably found a spot somewhere around Johnson's Pond or at the high school each year to view the Annual Johnson's Pond 4th of July Fireworks Display. After all, it is a Coventry tradition.
Unfortunately, this tradition that is mainly funded by Johnson's Pond residents and generous local business owners, is in jeopardy of being significantly downsized if donations do not pick up over the next several days.
Due to the combination of rising costs and declining contributions, last year's display was cut by $5,000 and may be reduced again this year. Aside from the cost of the fireworks themselves, required police and fire details cost the Johnson's Pond Civic Association more than $5,300 last year.
Residents from all over Coventry enjoy this family-friendly event each year and members of the JPCA are asking each family to consider donating even a small amount as every little bit helps the cause.
Donations can be sent to:
P.O. Box 123
Coventry, RI, 02816
(Be sure to write "Fireworks Contribution" on your check.)
This is also the first year that donations can be made online at http://www.johnsonspondri.myevent.com/.