Fireworks show is scheduled for July 4

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 30, 2003

Parades, cookouts and sparklers aside, no Fourth of July is complete without knock-your-socks-off fireworks show, and Troy happens to have one of those right in its own backyard.

Each year the mayor, city council and Tory Parks and Recreation puts on a fireworks show that draws people from all over the region.

"We've been told that our show is better than other shows in south and central Alabama, and even in some of the bigger cities," said Dan Smith, Parks and Recreation Director. "We're proud of that and we take a lot of pride in putting on the show."

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This year's show will begin at 8:30 p.m. on July 4 at the Troy Sportsplex. In case of rain, the show will be moved to Saturday night, same time same place.

"It will include new shells that haven't been done before in our display," Smith said. "It should be wonderful and interesting."

Smith said the usual old-fashioned Fourth of July had to be cut from the usual celebration because of the "packed" baseball tournament schedule and an upcoming tournament. Three ballgames are already scheduled for just before the fireworks display.

"We hope that next year we will return to the old fashioned celebration," Smith said.

Still, Smith encourages families to come out early and picnic or enjoy a baseball game before the show.

Families can bring lawn chairs, blankets and food or beverages to the Sportsplex. Smith asks that they don't bring grills, alcoholic beverages, firecrackers or dogs.

"Do not bring personal fireworks," he said. "If you do, the police will escort you out."

To find a spot of ground, spectators need to arrive by 8 p.m. Smith said there will be plenty of parking inside the Sportsplex.

"We have never filled up parking in the Sportsplex," he said. "But people feel compelled to park on Enzor Road and pretty soon they've blocked the whole road."

Smith said the fireworks show, which is set to music, is a good way for families to end the Fourth of July.

"We take a lot of pride in this show, especially at this time when it's a time of war, healing and independence," Smith said. "I hope everyone can come out share it with us."