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Free water provided at Rhythm & Booms

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Water will be available for free at this year's Rhythm & Booms.

Madison Festivals Inc., the producer of Rhythm & Booms, worked with the City of Madison and Madison Water Utility to bring in the utility's Water Wagon to Saturday's event.

Officials with the Water Utility are still working to determine the best location for the wagon, but they say it will be central to the prime viewing area for the fireworks. 

Event producers say attendees can also bring sealed water bottles to the event.

Area law enforcement officers also have their plan in place for Rhythm & Booms.

The fireworks show was held at Warner Park for about 20 years, but this year, it's on John Nolen Drive. The festival was moved because of rising costs to the city and complaints from neighbors about crowds, noise and traffic, which the Madison Police Dept. says will be easier to control downtown.

"If we look at the Coliseum for parking, they do it all the time, and it's done safely because we're not going through the residential neighborhoods like we did in Warner," Lt. Dave McCaw said. "So when people are flooding out, they're going to major streets from that location."

Madison police, along with the Dane County Sheriff's Department, State Patrol, Madison Fire Department, Department of Natural Resources and Coast Guard, will be patrolling along John Nolen Drive and on Lake Monona.

Lt. McCaw says the shape of the isthmus will make it easier to respond than in previous years at Warner Park.

"Because were long and skinny on this one we believe that we'll be able to get more officers to a location and quicker, and get anybody out who needs help or assistance, or has done anything wrong," Lt. McCaw said.

Lt. McCaw reminds everyone to be patient because there will still be a lot of traffic.

For those who want to avoid the large crowds that are expected in the downtown and John Nolen Drive areas, city officials say there are plenty of other options that will offer great views of the show.

"Really any park that's on Lake Monona," Laura Whitmore, with the Madison Parks Department, said. "Olbrich Park is obviously a really good visual and Yahara Place and BB Clark Beach will be places that we have a lot of people will be gathering."

For more information about Rhythm & Booms, click here.

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