By Conrad Dudderar
Yukon city officials are looking for vendors interested in providing the annual fireworks shows.
The Yukon City Council has approved bid specifications and authorized Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Ryan McClure to advertise and receive bids for the Freedom Fest fireworks displays July 3-4, 2023.
“The bid specs include options for the city council to renew for two additional years,” McClure wrote in a Dec. 20 memo to council members.
“Freedom Fest always has a huge turnout in Yukon, and we look forward to putting on a great show this year for the community.”
Companies seeking the coveted fireworks’ contract must submit proposals to the Yukon City Clerk by 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30. The proposals will be opened at 3:15 p.m. at City Hall, 500 W Main.
“The City of Yukon will choose the lowest possible proposal,” according to the request. “Criteria to consider will be total project cost, quality of products used, experience and professional references.”
Bid specs cover the price for electronic fireworks displays with sync’d music on two nights at the Yukon City Park complex – a 15-20-minute show July 3 for the Veterans Tribute and a 20-25-minute show July 4 for Independence Day.
“Contractor will work with City to establish a safe launch zone in accordance with industry safety standards,” the bid document reads.
The City of Yukon has contracted with ARC Pyrotechnics over the past three years for the Freedom Fest fireworks shows. The Guthrie company was awarded a $39,900 bid each year.
The contract called for Yukon to pay ARC Pyrotechnics $22,500 for a July 4 display lasting 20-23 minutes and $17,400 for a July 3 display lasting 15-18 minutes.
Yukon’s July 4th fireworks show this year ended about midway through after a six-inch shell discharged while still in the mortar. The mishap knocked other active shells over, causing a fire on the fireworks trailer.
After negotiations, the fireworks contractor refunded $11,250 to the City of Yukon.
City officials had considered requesting either a refund or credit toward a future show.