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Dear Elyrians,

You really out-did yourselves this time!  The can-do spirit of our residents, businesses, and organizations is being featured in the national spotlight this week as USA Today and CNN featured the city’s grassroots efforts to bring back fireworks with philanthropic contributions. And while the story made national news twice, thousands of us spent Wednesday evening celebrating Independence Day early at Elyria’s Salute to America: The Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show at West Park.  The evening featured family games and activities, the bands E’Lete and Yellow Delicious, fantastic foods from local vendors, and a 30-minute star-spangled spectacular fireworks show thanks to Presenting Sponsors United Initiators and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems with support from 3M Corporation, Bob’s Tire Service, The Chronicle Telegram and many more (go to to view complete donor list). 

For your  viewing pleasure we are attaching photographs of the many special moments for Elyria children, families and adults.  My most sincere appreciation is extended to the hundreds of people and organizations that helped bring this celebration back to life through their generous contributions and volunteerism – and to the many city employees that worked tirelessly to create a safe and enjoyable experience for all.  This truly is Americana at its best and it makes me so very proud, humbled and honored to be your Mayor. 

In gratitude,

Holly C.

Pictures are below, the actual fireworks are at the end. Enjoy!

Or click on Parks and Recreation Supervisor Frank Gustoff below to view the thumbnails:

Elyria’s 2014 Salute to America: The Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show


Here’s the video of Mayor Holly Brinda on CNN discussing the tremendous generosity of the people and businesses of Elyria to successfully return fireworks to our great city: