Troy Fireworks show promises to be big event

Published 7:21 pm Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Troy’s annual fireworks display will be taking place this Sunday, inviting all of Pike County to share the fourth of July together.

The event will start at dark, around 8:30 p.m.

Dan Smith, a coordinator for the event, said the fireworks display should last about 20 minutes.

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The fireworks display can be viewed from Troy University’s Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, which will be open to the public for the show that night.

Though Troy’s stadium will be open for the event, people are not just limited to viewing the fireworks from there.

“One of the best locations to view the fireworks is in Movie Gallery Stadium, however, there are many places people go to view the fireworks,” Smith said.

One difference in this year’s fireworks show is that there will be no program to accompany the display.

“Due to construction that’s going on in the area, we are trying to keep it simple this year,” Smith said.

According to Smith, this event is funded by the city of Troy and brings many families and friends together.

“Every year there are a number of families that say they have guests, and last year we had a lot of very positive comments from people that viewed the show,” he said.

“There is a great sense of community pride and patriotism in Troy.”

“Mayor Lunsford and the Troy city council have a lot of pride and respect for the patriotic spirit of our community,” he added.

Troy City Council President Johnny Witherington said that the event is free to the public, and funds for the demonstration come from the operating budget, which in turn is paid for by the citizens and taxpayers of Troy.

“The city of Troy sponsoring this type of thing is the right thing to do,” Witherington said.

“Our citizens expect us to provide such recognition for the fourth of July.”

Witherington said he thinks people will enjoy the show and that it is “a quality fireworks demonstration.”

“There’s always a big crowd of people that gather,” he said.

“We always have a large amount of positive comments from the public about the quality of the fireworks.”

The fireworks will be discharged around Charles Henderson High School area.