Just two more days until Ahwatukee Foothills' annual fireworks celebration, Red, White and Boom, kicks off.
After somewhat of a rough time fundraising, the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has secured enough to bring a longer and more explosive fireworks show this year.
Ahwatukee chamber outgoing CEO and president Terri Kimble said they had to cut back in other areas but that would go toward making the main event more memorable.
"The show will be longer than the past years and will have more actual explosives," Kimble said.
With a huge, 25th-hour donation of $15,000, Darin Fisher and Vision Community Management became presenting sponsors and just may have given the final push to make the event happen.
"Writing that check put them over the top," said Fisher, who is an Ahwatukee Foothills resident. "We have great community traditions like the Easter Parade, Festival of Lights and, of course, the fireworks. I'm happy to do this, but if everyone in Ahwatukee Foothills gave just $1, then we could fund all three of these traditions for the whole year."
The free event will take place on Sunday, July 3, at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the fireworks show set to start at 9 p.m.
Kimble said if inclement weather should occur, the absolute latest the show would start is 11 p.m.
This will be the third year since Red, White and Boom returned to Ahwatukee Foothills in 2009. Fisher has had a hand in getting the show off the ground in each year since.
He donated $5,000 in 2009 and $10,000 in 2010. This year his company became grand sponsor of the Easter Parade when they donated $3,000.
"Everybody goes and asks people for a check but I am hoping that we can create something that would strengthen our own fundraising foundation," Fisher said.
There will also be a hot dog-eating contest, wine and beer-proceeds of which will go toward next year's event, as well as a kid's area.
"We will be able to have a great fireworks show," Kimble said. "Ahwatukee Foothills is very blessed they have such an active region. I don't know if people realize how lucky we are."
The main parking area will be at the golf course. People will not be able to enter through the Swim and Tennis Center on Warner Road.
A section of 48th Street will be shut down after 8 p.m. to allow for set up.
• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or firstname.lastname@example.org