City to host annual Fouth of July fireworks

Published 5:59 pm Monday, June 23, 2014

The City of Troy is sponsoring the annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

The fireworks show is a traditionally very popular event and there is a high turnout every year, according to Parks and Recreation Director Dan Smith. The show is made possible by the City and Parks and Recreation.

“It’s a tradition that has spanned 30 years,” Smith said. “A lot of people show up. People from out of town have told us it’s the best they’ve seen in the area.”

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Last year’s show was the first to be canceled, because of rain. It was rescheduled for the following Saturday evening but weather nixed that show as well.

“We postponed it for the first Troy Trojans football home game last year in partnership with the university,” Smith said.

Early weather forecasts for July Fourth evening predict a 10 to 20 percent chance of rain, so Smith is optimistic the show will go on.

The show is free and open to the public. It will begin at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, and will last about 20 minutes. The best viewing is at the Veteran’s Memorial Stadium on the Troy University campus and surrounding areas, but the fireworks can be seen from a wide radius in Troy.

Smith added that viewers should bring a blanket or chairs, especially if not sitting in the stadium.

“We always encourage people to come out,” Smith said. “It’s a great end to a great day. It’s on a Friday night this year, and it’s a great way to start the weekend.”