Thursday, June 17, 2010


The City of Springfield has been named a recipient of a $10,000 grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company to help pay for its Fourth of July fireworks presentation. Back in May, Liberty Mutual launched Bring Back the 4th™, a contest encouraging people across America to rally together and earn $10,000 grants to help continue their cities’ and towns’ official Fourth of July celebrations.

Liberty Mutual reported that tens of thousands of Americans took their Responsible Moments in U.S. History quiz to earn credits for their local Independence Day traditions. Each completed quiz counted as one credit towards a website visitor's town, and the 10 municipalities with the most completed quizzes were awarded grants. Bring Back the 4th grants are awarded to cities and towns in three size-based categories: small, medium, and large.

“We are ecstatic that so many Springfield residents participated in this quiz to help us earn this Fourth of July fireworks grant,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “When we entered the contest, I was confident that we would do well, and hopeful that we would prevail. Thanks to the input of many of our residents, the City of Springfield will put on quite a spectacular fireworks show on the Fourth of July.”

The City of Springfield had already secured a generous $7,000 grant from ICG Illinois which operates the Viper Mine, when they learned earlier this week that the City was short of fireworks funds. Combined with the Liberty Mutual grant, the City will be providing a $17,000 fireworks spectacular utilizing no government funds.

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