Welcome Our Latest Advertiser: Three Tree Point Fireworks Fund
We’ve been lucky enough to experience what is just a good, old-fashioned fireworks show and true family-fun day.
But this does not happen without some hard work and planning behind the scenes.
We sat down with Fireworks Fund co-chair Julie Dow to learn the magnitude of the task:
BTB: What is the Three Tree Point Fireworks Fund?
Julie Dow: We are a group of neighbors that put together a July fourth fireworks show, which is launched from a barge anchored off Three Tree Point. The show is a professional “high altitude” show that’s visible from West Seattle to Federal Way.
The Miller family originally started the July 4th show about 25 years ago. When the Millers moved on, other neighbors took over. Volunteers continue to work to raise money to fund the show. In 2009, hundreds of donors – giving between $3 to $700 to privately keep our community event afloat.
BTB: How much money do you collect? What do you spend it on?
JD: Most of the donations go to the show itself, the professional pyrotechnics firm that puts on the show. We also pay barge, tug, permit fees, patrol boats and insurance. We arrange for dumpsters for the all-important 5th of July clean up, which is great for the beach and the environment. We did increase the budget this year to fund additional police protection for our neighborhood on the evening of the 4th of July.
BTB: Your goal is $24,000 – how’s it going?
JD: We’re half way there. But we’re a little concerned that we will not meet our goal by June 1st, which is the date the fireworks company orders the really fancy fireworks. Every penny really helps. We are so grateful that our neighbors still want to uphold this important community tradition. Everyone can donate securely online at www.3TreePoint.org be it $10 or $1,000, we can all be proud that each of us does what we can.
BTB: Where’s the best place to see the fireworks?
JD: If you are invited to a private home with a view or club on the beach – say yes to that invitation! Scope out the view parks or places in your neighborhood – if you can see the tip of Three Tree Point you know you will have a great view of the fireworks.
Parking is limited to private homes in The Three Tree Point area so we encourage you to plan and enjoy the fireworks from a place where you get a great view. Usually that will be someplace “high” on a bluff. Don’t miss it – make a plan! If you can see the tip of Three Tree Point you know you will have a great view of the fireworks.
So…help your community celebrate America’s independence by donating online – just click here to help with whatever amount you can.
And if you haven’t experienced this amazing local tradition, click the image below to see a photo slideshow of last year’s highlights by Photographer Michael Brunk:
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