Independence Day weekend activities take off again in Norfolk | New


Norfolk’s Big Bang Boom organizers on Tuesday announced plans for a two-day festival on Friday and Saturday July 2 and 3.

“We predicted this to happen last year, but as we know COVID-19 has prevented this,” said Don Wisnieski, president of Big Bang Boom. “While we appreciated the opportunity to move the fireworks to Northeast Community College, we are excited to bring the tradition back to Skyview Lake as a multi-day event for the first time.

The festivities will include a concert, a wing party, and a car and sparkle show, in addition to traditional July 4th activities.

It’s the 45th anniversary of Big Bang Boom, which started at Skyview Lake in 1976 to commemorate America’s bicentennial. The event has always focused on a family picnic on Saturday at the park with entertainment, food and fireworks.

Traci Jeffrey of the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau said the addition of Friday night activities expanded the possibilities for the holiday weekend.

“Whenever we can help people find a reason to stay in Norfolk and enjoy our community, our businesses and our hotels, it only helps the community to grow,” said Jeffrey.

The Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau gave Big Bang Boom a grant to help with the festival.

“The Boom Committee is always looking for new ways to make their event bigger, and we’re excited to help in any way we can,” said Jeffrey. “It will be a great weekend for family or class reunions, and our office is there to welcome them into town.”

Friday night at Skyview includes a feast of the wings competition coordinated by the organizers of the Stanton Ribfest. Norfolk Area Rod and Custom sponsors an auto show and shines. Live music will take place with young country artist Luke Hupp, followed by the Smoke Ring reunion show.

Saturday’s events will include an inflatable midway, military static displays, food vendors, music and Northeast Nebraska‘s biggest fireworks display.

Big Bang Boom Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation.

Wisnieski said the organization is made up of volunteers who depend on financial donations from sponsors and community members.

“As you might expect, the pandemic has hampered our fundraising in 2020, and we are now working hard to ensure we can deliver the caliber of festival that Norfolk is known for,” Wisnieski said.

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