Fireworks highlight holiday celebrations

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Several thousand spectators are expected to gather on the water and on land for the 33rd annual Shell Knob Fire and Thunder fireworks display.

The spectacular show has become one of the area's favorite July Fourth destinations. Scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m., this year's show will again be choreographed by awarding-winning A.M. Pyrotechnics. Never-before-seen fireworks will be incorporated in the 2008 display, which is best viewed from anywhere that has a good view of the southwest side of Shell Knob Mountain.

A boat parade, which will receive an escort from Shell Knob's Coast Guard Auxiliary, will begin at 9 a.m. Boats will meet at Lost Hill and travel to the Pla-Port Resort area.

In the event of rain, the Fire and Thunder fireworks display will be held on Saturday, July 5. For more information, call the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the display, at 417-858-3300.

Area residents are hoping for a rainless July 4, so they can also enjoy the "Fired Up & Smokin" fireworks show scheduled to be held in Eagle Rock on Saturday, July 5 at nightfall.

The show, which is sponsored by the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District, will take place on July 5 at the Eagle Rock Bridge over Table Rock, and like the Shell Knob event, fireworks can be viewed by boat or on land.

In addition to the fireworks, firefighters will be hosting an old-fashioned barbecue at the Eagle Rock Marina, beginning at 11 a.m.

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