Wednesday Jun 29 2011
Lincoln to sparkle Monday
Annual 4th of July parade and fireworks take over downtown
30 Fireworks 1- Michael Kirby/News Messenger By Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter Lincoln will have a fireworks show this Fourth of July due to the fundraising effort of one resident. Ruth Alves raised $15,000 for this year’s event, which she said she didn’t do alone. “I got phone calls from two fellows in Lincoln that contacted the city and said, ‘I want to help Ruth Alves,’” Alves said. Those two men are Mike Hobson and Marty Rodriguez. “It’s like these two angels were sent to me,” Alves said. “I would have gotten the money but it was so much easier having those two fellows.” Fireworks sponsors include KB Homes, Sutter Roseville, Walmart, PG&E, Charles and Kathleen Joiner and Century 21, as well as “numerous Lincoln citizens,” according to Alves. This is the second consecutive year Alves has raised money for fireworks. The city of Lincoln canceled the annual fireworks show last year due to budget cuts to the recreation department, according to past News Messenger reports. “It’s because Lincoln has always had fireworks and I can’t imagine a Fourth of July in Lincoln without fireworks,” Alves said. “In the 30 years we (family) have lived here, we’ve gone to all of the shows.” Alves shared her thoughts on the importance of Lincoln’s Fourth of July festivities. “This is the day that really commemorates America becoming free and its own nation,” Alves said. “This is a really great opportunity for people to stop and reflect on what happened over 200 years ago.” One Fourth of July activity that will not take place this year is the pancake breakfast presented by the Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West. The breakfast is usually held at McBean Park. Member Shirley Russel said last year’s low attendance was a contributing factor. “The parade doesn’t stop and start at McBean Park anymore,” Russell said. “The way the parade was structured, they used to have all of the (Fourth of July activities) at McBean Park.” The cost of renting the city’s McBean Park at $350 is another reason why the breakfast was cancelled, according to Russell.