Free fireworks show set for Wednesday

Published 9:23 pm Friday, June 29, 2018

The Troy Recreation Department is ready to dazzle local citizens once again with one of its biggest fireworks shows in recent years.

The Annual City of Troy July 4th fireworks display will be held Wednesday, July 4, with Veterans Memorial Stadium open for residents to enjoy the best view of the show.

The event is free for the general public.

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Shooting time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., but the show may be postponed to 9:00 p.m. due to weather said Dan Smith, Troy Parks and Recreation Director.

The show was originally started by Bo Gaylard about 50 years ago.

“He would shoot the fireworks off of the concession stand of the Starlight Drive-in Theater on U.S. Highway 231, where Goody’s is located now,” Smith said.

After becoming the Parks and Recreation Director, Gaylard continued the show through the City of Troy, and it has lasted for about 45 years. The city has purchased a couple thousand shells to ignite on the big night. The city continues to purchase from the same reliable buyer to ensure a high-quality show, Smith said.  “We have a large assortment of shells that our shooter provides,” Smith said. “It’s always an exciting package and we know that the shells will vary in size.”

The show has become a staple in the Pike County community, and Smith said the show is big enough to be seen not just in Troy, but across Pike County.

“It’s a free event that Mayor Reeves and the Troy City Council, and Troy Parks and Recreation provide for our community,” Smith said. “A lot of people view from all around Troy and Pike County. It’s always an exciting event.”

A large turn-out is expected form the show; so, residents should plan ahead and keep in mind safety precautions this Independence Day.  “Get there early,” Smith said. “Traffic is always very heavy. And please be safe. There are no outside fireworks allowed near the stadium. Don’t bring your own.”