MADISON (WKOW) -- It's not just the fireworks that keep people coming back to Warner Park year after year for Rhythm & Booms.
"It's just a fun day in the park with the family and it's a time we can all get together for the most part," says Tina Vincent, from Jefferson, whose family from all over the state has been meeting up together at Rhythm & Booms for about a decade.
Many families start early, and despite the extreme heat, they're here all day.
Some have learned a few tips over the years-- like laying out tarps and blankets early in the day, to make sure they get a great view of the fireworks.
Funding concerns have started some talk over the years about canceling Rhythm and Booms. Organizers have to raise $300-thousand in addition to the $100-thousand paid for by the city to put on the event. Terry Kelly, president of the Madison Fireworks Fund says they lean a lot on people coming out to the park, buying food and merchandise and making donations.
"A lot of our support comes from the people willing to give a little bit of money to that donation bucket, we're hoping and counting on that," says Kelly.
But thanks to the live music and family fun, many say it's worth it to keep the tradition going.
"I'd like to see it continue on forever, (laughs) or at least the next ten years," says Richard Merlin, from Markesan.
If you'd like to make sure Rhythm and Booms keeps going, you can help out by donating to the non profit organization.
MADISON (WKOW) -- This year's Rhythm & Booms celebration begins at 5 p.m. Saturday night at Warner Park.
The 4th of July celebration starts with live music leading up to the 30 minute fireworks show at 9:45 p.m., choreographed to music on WOLX 94.9 FM.
At 6:30 p.m. members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team the Golden Knights will land at Warner Park to honor our service men and women. The Wisconsin National Guard will fly four F-16's over the area during the fireworks show.
Anchors Amber Noggle and Dani Maxwell will be at Rhythm & Booms to introduce many of the live musicians.
Tonight on 27 News at 6, we'll have a live report from Warner Park. At 10, we'll give you a look at the live fireworks show.