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Neighbors plan new celebration to replace Rhythm & Booms

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Neighbors on Madison's North side are fired up about Rhythm & Booms moving downtown next year. On Thursday night they talked about an alternative celebration to be held at Warner Park.

A majority of the people who showed up wanted to see some sort of 4th of July celebration stay in the neighborhood. Opinions differed on how to make it happen and how big the party should be.

The meeting started with a proposal from the Madison Mallards, who play their games in Warner Park. The team offered to organize a neighborhood fireworks show on July 4th and to foot the bill. The Mallards plan to launch the fireworks just behind the stadium the same way they do after games.

"If you call the Mallards show a one on the scale of one to ten and the Rhythm & Booms show a ten, I think the show is going to be what we would propose at least, is something around a four, maybe a five," Mallards President Vern Stenman says.

Many of the 100 or so neighbors who showed up appreciated the proposal, but others were worried the new event would create the same problems they saw with Rhythm & Booms. The loud noise and traffic congestion, but other neighbors said the inconvenience is worth the memories they've made over the years.

Alders who organized the meeting were in favor of the Mallards idea, but under certain guidelines.

"It would be fireworks that would not be of the scale of Rhythm & Booms and it would also not go in the wetlands," Madison Alderwoman Anita Weier says.

Neighbors also offered other ideas for the new celebration. Some wanted to bring in music to showcase kids and local talent. Many neighbors were adamant about keeping the celebration local and not letting it get as big as Rhythm & Booms.

Neighborhood leaders say the meeting was all about getting the ball rolling and seeing how much interest there was from neighbors. They plan to hold more meetings like this over the next few months.

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