The annual Driehaus firework show over Geneva Lake is set to still go on this year, one last gift from the Driehaus family to the community Richard Driehaus loved.
In March many were shocked when Richard Driehaus passed away, leaving a lasting legacy throughout the area and world.
Besides his generous donations that includes the Driehaus Family Fountain in front of the Riviera, he was also known for his elaborate July birthday parties.
Performers over the years included the Beach Boys, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Diana Ross and many more. One year he even rode an elephant for his circus-themed birthday. And the nights ended with a spectacular firework display.
In celebration of what would have been his 79th birthday, a fireworks display is planned for this year in his honor.
“They will be a tribute to the life and legacy of Richard H. Driehaus. As you know, Lake Geneva held a special place in his heart,” said Kathy Rodgers, Executive Assistant for Driehaus Capital Management LLC.
It’s scheduled for Saturday July 24, starting at 9:30 p.m. And WLKG 96.1 FM The Lake will broadcast a soundtrack live to go with the fireworks.
Fontana fireworksIn other fireworks news, the Village of Fontana has announced it will not have its annual 4th of July fireworks. They are looking to do the fireworks later in the year, possibly the second weekend in August.
Fontana Village Board President Patrick Kenny said the board had to finalize the firework contract with the vendor earlier this spring and at the time it was too hard to say what the COVID situation would be like in July so they opted to postpone.
On a typical year, about 20,000 people attend the firework show, Kenny said, and they bring in the National Guard to help with traffic and crowd control.
In photos: A look back at Driehaus' last big Lake Geneva birthday bash
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“They will be a tribute to the life and legacy of Richard H. Driehaus. As you know, Lake Geneva held a special place in his heart."
Kathy Rodgers, Executive Assistant for Driehaus Capital Management LLC.