Stuart Main Street and the Historic Stuart Downtown Business Association will present Star Spangled Stuart, Martin County’s ONLY July 4th fireworks display next month – despite a multi-thousand dollar shortfall.
“This is an annual tradition in Stuart and Martin County, one the board felt we couldn’t let fall by the wayside despite severe economic pressures,” said Stuart Main Street Manager, Thondra Lanese.
The event, which costs over $40,000 to present, has traditionally been funded 100-percent by private contributions and sponsorships, however the loss of several major contributors has left the organizations scrambling to find funds.
“Right now we are in the hole,” said Lanese.
Despite the budget shortfall, the two organizations have teamed up to present a one-of-a-kind family-friendly Fourth of July festival in the beautiful, waterfront Flagler Park and Riverwalk Stage. Attendees will celebrate Independence Day with a traditional July 4th festival with children’s activities, military displays, vendors, live music, and more starting at 5 p.m. and lasting through Martin County’s ONLY Fourth of July fireworks display. With the Old Roosevelt Bridge closed for maintenance, organizers expect more than 5,000 attendees in the park. The event will include:
- Festival with Food, Music, Vendors, and Ice-Cold Beer and Wine
- Children’s Area with Face Painting, Bounce House, Pony Rides
- Live Musical Performances with the Stuart Community Band and the Hot Rods
- Martin County’s ONLY Fireworks Display
For premium viewing, attendees can purchase VIP tickets and enjoy the festival from the Lyric Theatre’s one and only Flagler Center. VIP access includes an all-you-can-eat spread in the air-conditioned comfort of the Flagler Center, access to private full liquor cash bar, private bathrooms, and reserved waterfront seating for the fireworks display. Tickets are available from the Lyric Theatre Box Office or online at http://www.lyrictheatre.com/show/3397-star-spangled-stuart-vip-access. All proceeds go to offset the cost of the event.
Main Street is still accepting donations to help cover the cost of the event. Contributions should be made payable to Stuart Main Street Fireworks and mailed to P.O. Box 3035, Stuart, FL 34995.
This year’s celebration is coordinated by Stuart Main Street and the Historic Stuart Downtown Business Association. Generous donations have been made by Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Southern Eagle Distributing, The City of Stuart and the Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency, Ferreira Construction, and Creative Fireworks as well as Mulligan’s Beach House Restaurant and Seacoast National Bank.
The Stuart Downtown Business Association (DBA) formed to market the shops, galleries, restaurants, and professional businesses of Stuart’s Historic Downtown and the surrounding areas. The group advocates for business owners and promotes a positive image of the downtown business district as a unique alternative to “cookie cutter” mall shopping through marketing, events, and other promotions. The DBA meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8:00 a.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit www.historicdowntownstuart.com.
Stuart Main Street is a historic preservation-based program dedicated to building a healthy, vital downtown area through community self-reliance and a focus on the downtown’s traditional assets: personal service, local ownership, unique architecture, and sense of community. Formed in 1987, the group follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country. Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit www.stuartmainstreet.org or call 772-286-2848.