John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
On Wednesday, April 7th, we will hold our April meeting of the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association. We will meet in the park pavilion at 7 pm. The park pavilion is located on S Pine Ave. just north of E. Oklahoma Ave. We wish to invite all interested people to attend this meeting. This is our centennial year. Therefore, we wish to have a talent show and do other special things this year.
Due to decreased funding from Milwaukee City Hall, we are asking for sponsors to help us in our cause. Because we have been doing this for one hundred years, we would like to have one very special celebration of our Independence Day at Humboldt Park. Besides sponsors, we will need many volunteers to help us in planning this event and giving us their input on these matters. Please consider helping us continue our heritage. We are hoping to continue to celebrate for the next generation of families to enjoy. We need volunteers. We all have talents that can be combined with the talents of others to proceed toward our future.
Over one hundred years ago, people were complaining about all of the injuries suffered due to misuse of fireworks. Fireworks consist of gun powder and are like small sticks of dynamite. When they get wet or sweaty, they can turn to nitroglycerin, which is highly unstable. People lost their hands, fingers, vision and other body parts while playing with fireworks. The Safe and Sane 4th of July Association was formed in 1910 to provide a full day of family activities ending with a professional display of fireworks. In later years, this group changed its name to Humboldt Park 4th of July Association. Safety of our children and reduction of personal injuries was things that cause our group to be formed. In 1911, because of the success of our group, the Milwaukee 4th of July Commission was created to expand our activities to all of the parks in the area.
Over the years, City Hall has given us a certain amount of funding to support our group's activities. The amount remained the same for many years without adjusting for any cost of living increase. Then in the last few years, we have lost about 30 % of that funding due to cuts from City Hall.
We are asking for help from the public to support our activities. Please consider either becoming a sponsor or a volunteer. You will enjoy the experience. We welcome all input from members and guests. We would like to be around for future generations of families to enjoy. With your help, we can do this.