Group must raise $50,000 for this year's event
STUART -- A new nonprofit organization, Star Spangled Stuart, has been formed to plan and present downtown Stuart's annual July Fourth Celebration, Star Spangled Stuart.
The group will be responsible for raising the $50,000 needed to put on the annual festival. In the past, the event was managed by the downtown revitalization group, Stuart Main Street, with the help of the Downtown Business Association of Stuart.
Local business owner and former Stuart Main Street president, Mark Brechbill, is heading up the new organization, although the Main Street program and board are no longer running the event.
"Everyone loves the annual celebration, but planning the event and raising the money to put it on is a year-round effort. The new organization will focus exclusively on the Fourth of July celebration, allowing our downtown organizations to continue the ongoing programs and projects that build a vibrant, healthy downtown," said Patty McAuley, Stuart main street president.
"Star Spangled Stuart is a Martin County tradition, and we want to see it continue," said Mr. Brechbill. "We are actively seeking volunteers and contributors to keep this year's celebration alive." Star Spangled Stuart is held on July 4th every year in Flagler Park. It features live music, military displays, vendors, and - of course - a waterfront fireworks display. The event costs approximately $50,000 a year and is privately funded through donations and sponsorships.
The Stuart Downtown Business Association formed to market the shops, galleries, restaurants, and professional businesses of Stuart's Historic Downtown and the surrounding areas. The group advocates for business owners and promotes a positive image of the downtown business district as a unique alternative to "cookie cutter" mall shopping through marketing, events, and other promotions.
The DBA meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart.
For more information, visit www.historicdowntownstuart.com.