One Reel reaches July 4 fireworks fundraising goal

One Reel, producers of the annual Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Union, said Tuesday that it had raised enough money to fund the display this year.

Coca-Cola Refreshments — Northwest Region contributed a final $25,000 to push the fundraising effort over the top. One Reel says the cost for the display this year is the same as 2010: $500,000.

Other companies helping to fund the fireworks include Microsoft, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Talking Rain, BECU, Charlie’s Produce, Merrill Gardens, Taco Time, Smith Brothers and many more. You can see the complete list here.

In March 2010, One Reel announced it had been unable to find a major sponsor for the display and that it was going to have to cancel the July 4 fireworks. Local restaurteur Tom Douglas and KIRO radio host Dave Ross stepped up and raised the money in a day. One Reel used a similar approach this year, seeking numerous corporate sponsors and individual donations.

The Family 4th at Lake Union starts at noon at Gas Works Park. The fireworks usually happen just a little after 10 p.m.

Read the complete press release from One Reel here.

Read coverage from the Seattle Times here.