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Fireworks show returns to BRHS

Published 11:45am Friday, June 28, 2013

Bursts of color and explosions of sound will mark the occasion when Marshall Street Church hosts its annual firework show.

Set for July 3 at the BRHS band practice field, “Celebrate Freedom” is free and open to the public.

“It’s just a community outreach thing,” said Rick Levell of Marshall Street Church. “We promote Christ and patriotism.”

The show is sponsored by the city and a number of local businesses, in addition to Marshall Street Church.

Fireworks will be preceded by musical entertainment, featuring a local group Ruth Black and the Harmonettes, as well as the Bowling Family out of Nashville, Tenn., (

“I am very excited,” said Black. “I hope they will enjoy us giving them Jesus through song.”

Black and the Harmonettes sing a mix of traditional and Southern gospel music.

“Some of them are songs that we wrote, and then there are songs that people are basically familiar. We do a couple songs out of the songbook or hymnal, like Power in the Blood, or Everybody Will Be Happy Over There,” Black said.

Troy Peach, singer and road manager for The Bowling Family, said they are also excited to be part of the celebration.

“We are honored to be a special guest for the day,” Peach said. “We’re some of the biggest flag waving folks you’ll ever find. There’s nothing like God and country.”

Peach said their group will sing some of the classics as well as more recent hits.

Levell said combining ministry and patriotism is a natural choice.

“Our country is based on God,” Levell said. “All law is based on the law of God.”

Music will begin at 6 p.m., and fireworks – provided through Pyro Productions out of Birmingham and choreographed to music – are slated for 9:30 p.m.

Levell encouraged people to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers are not permitted, but concessions will be available for sale.

Attendance, Levell said, will top out in the thousands.

“There’s tons of people that watch it all over town from their businesses,” Levell said.

The show will also will also include the Pledge, prayers and a short presentation by a minister.

“I think the fireworks show will be great,” said Mayor Charles Shaw. “I think it’s a great fun time for the city and for families to come together.”