Date Announced For Batavia Fireworks Rescheduled After Computer Crash

BATAVIA, IL — Batavia residents will be celebrating Fourth of July twice this summer. After a last-minute computer crash that forced its cancelation, the fireworks show has been rescheduled for Aug. 5, organizers told Patch Wednesday.

The display, originally intended to go off at dusk on July 4, was canceled at the eleventh hour when the computer system that coordinates the show shut down, its backup system also failing. The program is not internet or cloud-based, Patch reported.

Despite the system working at a different site just 24 hours before, the pyrotechnics company Pyrotecnico’s trusted system “failed to launch” as the “Top Gun” theme was playing, Patch reported.

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An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people were expected to attend Batavia’s Fourth of July celebrations.

“Thank you for sticking with us,” Batavia Fireworks Fund Committee members, who organize the show each year, wrote on the group’s website July 5. “It was uncomfortable and mortifying for the committee. A year’s worth of planning and it did not go up in smoke.”

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The rescheduled festivities will begin at 4 p.m. Aug. 5 with Savor the Flavor food trucks. Susan Stark, one of the seven committee members, told Patch she is contacting vendors for their availability and is “sure to have many again.”

Food trucks will be on site until 9 p.m. From 8:55-9 p.m., sponsors and the community members will share a brief “thank you,” and the long-awaited Sky Concert will follow from 9-9:30 p.m.

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Stark said organizers are moving the Sky Concert up by 30 minutes “as the days are getting shorter.”

The Batavia Fireworks Fund Committee raises between $30,000 and $35,000 each year for the holiday display. The money helps cover the costs of porta-potties, the show itself, programs, sponsor banners and other necessities, according to Stark.

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