The annual 4th of July celebration at MSUM will continue, but with a few big changes. The Independence Day fireworks show will continue with funding raised by the public. The Moorhead Business Association (MBA) has led fundraising campaigns and collected donations from the community to continue with the summer holiday celebration. The event will still take place at the university with the fireworks display on Scheel’s Field at Nemezek Hall on the MSUM campus. The university will host the event although it can no longer fund it. Many local businesses have come forward with donations and have committed volunteer time to help the event run smoothly. the MBA has organized a committee to plan this years celebration and has already begun efforts in the hopes that the fireworks display will continue to be an annual event. The fireworks display starts at 9:00pm followed by a concert in Nemzek stadium that will kick off at 10:30. The Executive Director of the MBA, David Hunstad, says this display will be the biggest the community has seen in years. Volunteers will play a large role in the success of this event. The MBA will rely on this community to help with the event. In previous years Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) paid staff and faculty to work the event. Money saved on this front was spent on increasing the number of fireworks for the display! As of June 25th the MBA has raised $45,000 from 27 donors in the community. This is the same amount MSUM budgets to host the event! Many of the businesses that donated have already pledged their support for the yearly celebration to continue. Although MSUM can no longer fund the event the university pledges its support and is very thankful that the event will continue. President Blackhurst has stated that the show does not align with university missions and does not involve many students because they are away for the summer. MSUM is still excited to be hosting the event and looks forward to the tradition being carried on!
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