Emmanuel Evangelical Church Community Fireworks event quickly became a Langdon tradition and will once again be taking place on Wednesday, July 3. This will be the 4th annual Fireworks Event that the church has organized in an effort to bring families and the community together.
By Melissa Anderson
“Bringing a family-focused 4th of July celebration is important to the congregation of Emmanuel as our goal is to build relationships with everyone in the community. It is one of the important factors for our church structure,” Sheila Schanz and Laurie Landsem, lead organizers for the event, said.
It started when Andy Lam came to town as the new pastor of the Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Langdon. When the 4th of July began drawing near, Lam discovered there was no community fireworks show in Langdon. He joined together with other members of the church and put together a short display in July of 2016.
“The feedback from the community was very positive, as there had not been a fireworks display for the 4th of July for many years,” the organizers stated.
From there, the church Outreach Committee and Lam immediately started planning for an even larger event the following year. The goal never changed, but the group did want to not only learn how to put on a more spectacular fireworks show but also a safe one for all who came. Several ideas have been tried since that first year with some being more successful than others.
“Every year we have tried to make it more enjoyable for everyone who attends,” the organizers said.
Many hours and weeks are spent preparing for the big day. The committee works to brainstorm what can be done and volunteers from the church keep this event running smoothly.
“From the time we start planning which fireworks to purchase to cleaning up every speck of debris the next day, many hands have helped make this a success,” the organizers said.
This year there will be brand new inflatables, provided by the Emmanuel Evangelical Church Conference. No need to worry about making supper plans, either, as the event will include concessions for everyone to enjoy. The event celebrating Independence Day would not be complete without the American Legion presenting the Color Guard and local talent singing the Star-Spangled Banner.
“A prayer tent will be set up for people to gather and pray for our community, as well as to offer individual prayer for personal needs. More details will be posted at the tent that evening,” the organizers said.
The inflatables will be set up from 7-9 p.m. Concessions will start serving American favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs starting at 7 p.m. Once taking down of everything starts to decrease fire hazards, those in attendance will also be waiting for it to get dark. Knowing the excitement of the crowd for the show will build, organizers are considering providing other entertainment but at time of print, this was still uncertain. The fireworks will start at approximately 10:15 p.m.
“Bring a chair or blanket to sit back and enjoy the show,” the organizers said.
Organizers of the event are quick to note that the Emmanuel Evangelical Church could not put on an event of this magnitude without the generous support from area businesses and individuals. Starting with the Langdon City Park Board, who allows the use of the field at no charge, it takes the community to make the community fireworks show successful. Thanks to the church and community support, organizers are very hopeful the event will continue for many years, providing the great family-friendly atmosphere Langdon is known for. Monetary donations will be accepted right up to the closing of the concessions where a donation jar will be available.
“Money raised for the event is either used for the event that year or rolled over to next year’s event,” the organizers shared.
The organizers and Emmanuel Evangelical Church sincerely thank everyone for their financial and physical support in this huge undertaking. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved to the following evening.