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GoFundMe set up to help fund East Longmeadow's 4th of July events

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East Longmeadow hosts one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the state.  

The town's carnival, parade, and fireworks display draws thousands of people each year. 

Staging such an event is not cheap and this year, organizers are looking for some help.

The East Longmeadow Fourth of July celebration is legendary, drawing people from all over the Bay State. 

However, with less then a month to go, for the first time ever, a GoFundMe account is in place to help pay the bills.

Come July 4, the town's rotary and already flagged-lined Maple Street will turn into a parade route.  

Days leading up to the parade, the town's center field will host thousands of people with the annual July 4 carnival. 

On July 3, the high school will be the launching pad for the annual fireworks display.  

Last year, the town's Fourth of July traditions almost ended.  The Jaycees, who for years organized the carnival and fireworks, disbanded.  

However, the town and its rotary club stepped in at the last minute and managed to save the day. 

"We were trying to save the fireworks and actually between the fact that the fireworks person who I don't believe got full payment the previous year was willing to come back and he worked tremendously well with us to get the fireworks off," said Paul Federici with the East Longmeadow Rotary Club.

This year, the Rotary Club is again stepping up to run the carnival and the fireworks.  

Federici, who's also on the parade committee, told Western Mass News that they are looking for help - for the first time, setting up a GoFundMe account.

"It's obviously another way to reach people and to hopefully get some donations and it has been going very slowly," Federici added.

The cost for fireworks:  $11,500.

Thankfully, Federici said that the parade is self-sufficient, sponsored by private donations and the town.

"I think the carnival, the fireworks, the parade especially are symbols of East Longmeadow.  It's something that everybody looks forward to every year, so I think it's something important to keep because if you start losing these traditions. the town loses its identity," Federici noted.

It's that sentiment that Federici hopes will help move donations along.

"Yes.  One thing about our town is people tend to rally.

Federici said that they do have some money left from last year's events to help with this year's bill and it does not look like anything will have to be canceled.  However, he said that they are relying on donations to help fill the gap. 

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