Fourth fireworks show at Dublin a ‘folksy’ show

Published 5:57 pm Friday, July 2, 2010

Fireworks and the Fourth of July go together like stars and stripes and red, white and blue.

All across the country from the hamlets of the Heartland to the cities along the coastal waters, Independence Day is celebrated with pyrotechnical displays of varied magnitudes.

The Fourth Fireworks at Dublin, sponsored annually by the South Montgomery County Volunteer Department, is not the biggest or most attended Independence Day event but it’s a delectable slice of Americana, said Marion Ellis, an event organizer.

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Last year, the Fourth Fireworks at Dublin attracted a huge crowd of locals and “foreigners” from places as distant as Texas and Virginia.

“Our fireworks display isn’t the biggest but we think it’s one of the best,” Ellis said. “It’s a lot of fun and everyone has a great time.”

The Fourth Fireworks at Dublin is an annual event with a history of between 10 and 12 years.

Each year the pyrotechnics have gotten a little more sophisticated but the event has retained its folksy atmosphere.

“Prior to the fireworks display, we’ll have a cantata of patriotic songs presented by a combined choir from several area churches,” Ellis said. “Then, the Montgomery County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments Honor Guard will conduct the ‘Ringing of the bell’ ceremony to honor all fallen firefighters followed by the Presentation of the Colors and the playing of the National Anthem.”

The cantata is scheduled to begin around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 and the fireworks display will begin at dark.

The Fourth of July celebration is held in a rolling hills pasture just beyond Red’s Little Schoolhouse (Highway 94) near Dublin.

Take a left on Huffman Road and go eight-tenths of a mile and the pasture is on the right.

“Just pull through the gate and park,” Ellis said.

“Some people sit on their cars and trucks to watch the fireworks and others take lawn chairs and blankets and move down front. We invite everyone to come to Dublin Sunday night and have a good time celebrating the Fourth of July with us.”