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Ten Communities Win $100,000 to Fund Fourth of July Events through Liberty Mutual's Contest

Posted on 23 Jun 2011

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As July 4th draws near, local governments across the country are asking, “How will we pay for this year’s fireworks?” Their goal: overcome budget woes and continue the patriotic traditions families look forward to, every year. To help communities preserve their July 4th fireworks  - and parades,

Liberty Mutual Insurance is pleased to announce the 10 winners of its Bring Back the 4thTM contest, which – from May 4 to June 14, 2011 – encouraged U.S. cities and towns to compete for ten $10,000 grants to help fund their official Fourth of July events.

Americans seeking to support their local July 4th traditions were asked to take a brief U.S. history quiz at , featuring questions about people and events that helped shape our nation and inspire others. Each completed quiz counted as one credit towards a website visitor’s town, and the 10 U.S. municipalities with the most completed quizzes would win grants. Bring Back the 4th grants are awarded to cities and towns in three size-based categories: small (four grants), medium (three grants) and large (three grants).

Following are the 10 winning cities and towns that will each receive a $10,000 grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance to help support their Independence Day celebrations:

Small City/Town Category:
    •    Brockport Village, New York
    •    Chester, California
    •    Dahlonega, Georgia
    •    Springfield, Georgia

Medium City/Town Category:
    •    Bozeman, Montana
    •    New Britain, Connecticut
    •    Wilmington, Massachusetts

Large City/Town Category:
    •    Durham, North Carolina
    •    Rockford, Illinois
    •    Springfield, Illinois

“As an insurance company with offices in cities and towns across America, we know how important local Fourth of July celebrations are to our neighbors and our customers, simply because we grew up with these patriotic traditions, ourselves,” said Paul Alexander, Senior Vice President, Communications for Liberty Mutual Group. “In fact, we created Bring Back the 4th with our own July 4th memories in mind; be it a festival capped with nighttime fireworks or a decades-old parade where residents get to thank servicemen and women who sacrificed all for our nation.”
In addition to Bring Back the 4th TM, Liberty Mutual also helps America celebrate Independence Day by sponsoring The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, a nationally broadcast CBS Television special featuring conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops orchestra. This year’s celebration will feature Academy and Grammy winning superstar Lionel Richie and will be hosted by Emmy winning actor Michael Chiklis, known for his starring role on “The Shield” television series.  Set on Boston’s Charles River Esplanade, last year’s concert drew more than 500,000 concertgoers and over seven million TV viewers.  Liberty Mutual – whose sponsorship brings the concert’s 20-minute fireworks finale commercial-free to U.S. households – has also ensured the entire concert will be broadcast in HD (high definition). This year’s national broadcast will air on CBS-TV on July 4, 2010 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.