Campaign launched for 2016 Londonderry 4th of July Fireworks


Kate Buggeln, left, and Steve Kulovits turn up the charm as they collect funds for the 2016 Londonderry fireworks display at Magic Mountain. Photos by Cynthia Prairie. Click a photo to launch gallery.

Kate Buggeln and husband Steve Kulovits of South Londonderry donned matching Uncle Sam costumes at the West River Farmers Market in Londonderry this past Saturday to begin to drum up financial support for the town’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks on Magic Mountain.

The 2016 fireworks will be held on Friday, July 1 at nightfall, and evening events will include a live band (the Beatles cover band the Butties have played in the past) and the Magic Mountain bar and grill will be open.

And Londonderry’s annual July 4th Parade will take place on that Saturday morning, according to event coordinator Susie Wyman.

“Usually we have fireworks on the night before the parade and the parade is always on a

Buggeln hands out candy and collects fireworks donations.

Buggeln hands out candy and collects fireworks donations.

Saturday,” Wyman said in an interview on Tuesday. She  and other volunteers such as Buggeln and Kulovits aim to raise $8,200 for the fireworks and for extras at the parade. The vast majority — $7,000 — will go toward the fireworks display, which runs about 20 minutes.

There is no charge for the 4th of July fireworks. Wyman said that besides collecting donations, she’ll be sending out a fund-raising letter to area residents and second homeowners.

In the meantime, anyone who would like to donate to the fireworks can send a check made out to Londonderry Fireworks and addressed to:

Londonderry Fireworks
Attn: Susie Wyman
P.O. Box 216
Londonderry, VT 05148

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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