A variety of fireworks – in a wide price range – are available for sale for people who are planning their own displays this year. | Alison James
A variety of fireworks – in a wide price range – are available for sale for people who are planning their own displays this year. | Alison James

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Published 11:27am Thursday, June 27, 2013

Area to host a number of opportunities to celebrate the Fourth with fireworks

Freedom will ring, flags will fly and a national tradition will light up the sky once again a week from today.

Firework stands are back in business and shows are planned throughout the area to bring people out to celebrate – like one planned to take place near Blue Creek Marina.

“It’s a private show, but obviously people who want to come by boat and watch are welcome to do so,” said Rodney Pike, who is in charge of the show.

The free show is scheduled for 9–10 p.m., and Pike said they plan to send up about 2,000 shells.

“We’ve done it in the past – this started about eight years ago, just with the family,” Pike said. “This year we’re actually going to make it quite a bit larger.”

Directions by boat are as follows:

Go east toward Blue Creek Marina and under the Hwy. 49 Bridge. Immediately to the right at the third house is the fireworks launch site. Drop anchor in the main body of water near the bridge. Water depth is about 21 feet.

But for people who are planning their own fireworks display, local stands have plenty of options – like Crazy Bill’s near the intersection of Broadnax Street and Hwy. 280. Robert Hurt at the stand said the moon travelers are currently the most popular pick.

“It’s simple to shoot,” Hurt said. “Kids get a laugh out of them after they pop.”

And Hurt said that even though the economy might be impacting sales, fireworks are still something for which people are willing to splurge.

“They’re going to come and provide for their families,” Hurt said. “They’re going to make hard times better than they are.”

But in the midst of all the fun and family, safety should still be a priority, according to the Dadeville Fire Department.

“People have brush fires because they’re not safe with fireworks and things like that,” said Jeanna Brewer with the DFD. “We don’t want any injuries either. We just want everybody to be safe and have a happy Fourth.”

Brewer encouraged people to follow NFPA safety tips and, if they have any questions, call the DFD at 256-825-8534 for more information.

Another professional fireworks show planned for the area will be held at the Hackneyville Volunteer Fire Department July 6.

“They’re going to have two bands – Cheri Edwards and the Jonathan East Band,” said Fire Chief David Jones. “They’re going to be singing from 5–9 p.m. Then at 9 p.m. they’ll start to have the fireworks.”

The event is hosted by different community members and will also feature a Green Egg raffle, children’s activities and food for sale, including a shrimp boil.

Admission is $5 apiece or free for children 6 and younger. All proceeds will go to the VFD to help build a new fire station.

“The new trucks we’re getting are too big for the old station,” Jones said. “We’ve just outgrown it.”

Jones said the professional show will include more than 2,000 shells.

“They’re just going to see how it does and if it does well, we’ll probably do it annually,” Jones said.