Fireworks show scheduled for Fourth of July

Published 6:45 am Saturday, June 30, 2012

Troy’s planned 2012 fireworks show is a very different than the first one held in the city.

“Many people in Troy remember the Gaylard family would shoot fireworks off of the roof of the concession stand at the Starlight Drive-in movie theater in Troy,” said Dan Smith, Troy’s Parks and Recreation director.

Now the show is a $16,500 spectacular budgeted by the city each year.

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“This is really something special that the City of Troy continues to do,” Smith said. “Many cities across the nation have eliminated their fireworks shows due to budget concerns.

“This is something exceptionally patriotic for our community to take pride in.”

The fireworks display will begin about 8:45 on July 4 and will be shot from the campus of Charles Henderson High School.

“The primary viewing location is Veterans Memorial Stadium, on the press box side,” Smith said. “But people have favorite viewing spots all over the city.”

Because of the topography of the area where the fireworks are shot, Smith said the show can be seen for up to 30 miles away in some areas.

Smith said there will be new features to the show that will last about 20 minutes.

“It’s grown and grown over the years and we have thousands of people that view the show,” Smith said. “There are a lot of people who come into Troy from out of town because they’ve heard of it, or seen it before.”

Smith said everyone should be parked and seated for the show about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Fireworks are a special way to celebrate,” Smith said. “The Fourth of July is something we do not need to forget or take for granted.”