Fireworks will light up the night-time sky in Shell Knob, Eagle Rock and Seligman this week as all three area communities plan to continue the tradition of providing Barry County residents with impressive pyrotechnic displays in celebration of the Fourth of July holiday.
Shell Knob's always impressive Fire & Thunder Fireworks display will be held on Tuesday, July 4. Known for its multiple bursts of large shells, the display will take place at dusk (around 9:30 p.m.)
The fireworks will be fired from the same location used the last few years, which is about one mile east of the Shell Knob Bridge. The best viewing spots are anywhere with a clear view of the southwest side of Shell Knob Mountain. There are also several good viewing sites along Highway YY.
Many people enjoy the show from the waters of Table Rock Lake. Hundreds of boats will congregate east of the bridge for an up-close sight of the display. Boat ramps are available at the bridge and Campbell Point and Kings River Marinas.
The area around the shoot site is off limits to everyone except the pyrotechnicians. Boats must stay outside the areas marked by buoys or markers. The Water Patrol and Coast Guard Auxiliary will patrol and clear the off-limits area. Failure to stay out of the area could result in a citation.
This is the 31st year for the fireworks display in Shell Knob, the longest consecutive running show on Table Rock Lake. The professional pyrotechnician responsible for the Shell Knob display has exclusive rights to some new fireworks. Some of the shells in this display can be viewed only at Shell Knob.
There is no cost to the public for this event, which is sponsored by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce.
The Independence Day celebration will begin with the second annual boat parade on the morning of July 4. Boats can congregate about one mile west of the Central Crossing Bridge just north of Lost Hill Island. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. and travel slowly down the lake to the scenic overlook. Sailors are encouraged to decorate their boats for the parade.
Also on the Fourth, the Shell Knob VFW Post will serve barbecue dinners from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be a full meal for eat in or take out. To order in advance, call 417-858-2150.
Another highlight of the day will be the drawing for a $2,500 Shell Knob Shopping Spree, sponsored by the Shell Knob Senior Center Corporation and the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. Tickets for the drawing can still be purchased at several area businesses.
In case of inclement weather, the fireworks display will be held on July 5. KOMC 100.1 or KRZK 106.3 radio will provide rain delay information.
For more information about the Fire & Thunder fireworks display, contact the chamber office at 417-858-3300 or visit www.shellknob.com.
The "Fireworks Over Water" display at Eagle Rock promises to be even bigger than last year, according to event organizers.
The display, which is expected to be 20 to 25 percent larger than last year's show, will begin at dusk on Monday, July 3 at the Highway 86 bridge over Table Rock Lake. Area residents can get a spectacular view of the show from the Eagle Rock campground and marina areas. Viewing by boat is also a wonderful way to see the fireworks.
This year's fireworks production is expected to cost over $12,000, and donations are still being accepted. The display is made possible each year by the generosity of area businesses throughout the Eagle Rock, Golden, Cassville and Holiday Island, Ark., areas.
In case of rain, the fireworks display will take place at dusk on Tuesday, July 4.
The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host its annual July Fourth celebration on Saturday, July 1 starting at 4:30 p.m. The event will include food, games, a dunking tank, a cake walk and live music provided by the Bushwackers.
A fireworks show will begin at dark. Everyone is invited to attend and brink their lawn chair. All activities will take place at the Seligman Community Building.
For more information about festivities in Seligman, call 417-662-3611 or 417-662-3479.