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Does Seattle still want a Lake Union fireworks show?

KIRO Radio's John Curley doesn't wait for professional firework displays. Instead, he goes out to nearby areas and blows off fireworks in residential areas. (AP)

It’s become as annual as the Fourth of July – the traditional fundraising effort to keep the show going over Lake Union has begun.

One Reel has produced the Family Fourth celebration in Seattle since 1988. Several years ago KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross kicked off a fundraiser to “rescue” the annual celebration when it looked like the show wouldn’t go on.

The community responded then, and the producer has passed the hat ever since.

Organizers now say they need $500,000 by March 31st.

“Does Seattle still want fireworks?” One Reel asks in an email announcing the 2013 fundraiser.

They say, “individuals and businesses have an opportunity to raise the necessary funds to make sure that this Seattle mainstay is a success.”

Already signed on to show their financial support this year are Starbucks, Talking Rain, and Tom Douglas. They’re providing a “starting foundation” towards the goal of $500,000.

Talks with other local companies are in progress.

To cheer us on, the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) states, “Lake Union has historically always done what its name says—it unites us…As newcomers to the South Lake Union neighborhood, we at MOHAI are dedicated to supporting the community’s efforts to preserve this celebration.”

Are you in? How much would you donate for the “opportunity” to see the ooooohs and aaaaaahs continue over Lake Union on the 4th of July?

By LINDA THOMAS

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