Johnston City, Illinois, plans for 1st fireworks show in nearly a decade

JOHNSTON CITY, IL (Logan Gay, WPSD-TV.  Please click on the link above for the full story and video above.  Here is an excerpt below.)

For the first time in nearly a decade, a local city will host a fireworks show. The catch is that the event is actually being held a week before July 4, and the city only had three weeks to plan it.

The show in Johnston City is possible because of Panera Bread. The company chose Johnston City to film a national commercial. Panera Bread said the fireworks show is the theme for the commercial. Panera Bread paid the city $30,000 for it.

People in Johnston City told me they believe it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. One of the local organizers, Grant Mitchell, said the town feels like it won the lottery.

NOTE:  Panera Bread donates to a lot of causes here in Franklin County that is unknown, especially to fight poverty.  I felt that was worth mentioning.


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