Williamston Fourth of July fireworks may have to be cancelled

Posted at 8:49 AM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 08:49:34-04

Williamston is a small town to the east of Lansing.

"It's kind of like one big family, everybody knows everybody, they know what's going on, really, it's a nice place," Vickie Eberhart, who doesn't even live in Williamston, she was just visiting, said.

It has a few annual traditions, and, like most places, an Independence Day fireworks show.

Mention the show, and third grader Anna Mullins lights up. "I started going to these fireworks since I was 4," Mullins said. "Every time I go there's a clown that was going around giving people suckers."

The First Baptist Church of Williamston normally hosts the fireworks, but this year it is being remodeled, and the congregation is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

They just don't have the money for it, Chairman of the Board of Deacons Gary Haner said.

"We've got the cost and we've got the people, and the church has decided that between the two we couldn't do the fireworks and take on that cost," Haner said, adding the anniversary celebration is taking up most of the churches volunteer power.

The church might still be able to host a show, if someone else offers to pay for the fireworks. Anyone interested in doing so can contact Julie with the Williamston Chamber of Commerce at (517) 655-1549.