Several area communities will light up Barry County's night skies over the Fourth of July weekend. Independence Day celebrations are scheduled to be held in Shell Knob, Eagle Rock, Seligman, Rocky Comfort and Purdy.
The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 35th annual Fire and Thunder fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.
"Why wouldn't you plan to see Shell Knob's fireworks display?" asked Sheila House, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce executive director. "The oldest display on Table Rock Lake, Shell Knob has been putting color in the Fourth of July sky longer than anybody else; 35 years to be exact.
"Additionally, our pyrotechnician continues to win awards for his choreographic prowess shooting some effects that can only be seen in Shell Knob," said House. "We concentrate on providing a quality, unique show. This year, we are bringing the display directly to the water. For our 35th anniversary, Fire & Thunder will be shot from platforms on Table Rock Lake adding yet another unique element to Shell Knob's show."
The fireworks display will be designed and choreographed by award-winning pyrotechnician Aaron Mayfield, who owns A.M. Pyrotechnic in Buffalo.
Fireworks will be shot from a platform on the water located about one mile east of the Shell Knob Bridge. North American Marine Industries, MariCorp U.S., Lakeshore Construction and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will assist with the show.
An area will be buoyed off for spectator safety. The show will not begin until the safety zone is clear of people and watercraft.
Traditionally, the fireworks display is best viewed from the water, the Shell Knob Community Building, which is south of the Larry Gene Taylor Memorial Bridge, or locations along Highway YY. The display can also be seen from Shell Knob's scenic lookout.
Boaters who view the fireworks display from the water need to keep their anchor light on during the show. Boaters should also remember that state statutes prohibit fireworks from being shot from or at boats.
The annual Fire and Thunder Fireworks display is funded through donations, fundraisers and annual T-shirt sales. The chamber also hosts an annual four-person scramble golf tournament each year to raise funds for the Independence Day celebration.
In the event of inclement weather, this year's fireworks show will be held on Monday, July 5. Rain delay information will be broadcast on local radio stations.
The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will also host its annual Fourth of July boat parade at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Participants should gather at Lost Hill Island, where the Kings and White Rivers meet, at 5:30 p.m. Boats will cruise under the Shell Knob Bridge to an area where the fireworks show can be viewed by water.
Both the fireworks show and the boat parade are free and open to the public.
For more information on the Fire and Thunder Fireworks display call the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce at 417-858-3300 or visit shellknob.com.
The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department will hold the Fired Up and Smokin' fireworks show on Saturday, July 3. Fireworks will be shot from a location near the Table Rock Bridge in Eagle Rock.
"People should come out to see the best fireworks show on this side of the lake," said firefighter Steve Gash. "They will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best food around and see a great show."
The Fired Up and Smokin' fireworks display will be conducted by Dennis Wisdom, of Poplar Bluff, who has served as the pyrotechnician for the Eagle Rock show for several years.
There is no admission costs for the show, which is funded through donations made by individuals and local businesses and through a variety of fundraisers that firefighters host throughout the year.
All fireworks fund donations are appreciated. Donations can be mailed to: Eagle Rock Fireworks Fund, 30625 State Highway 86, Eagle Rock MO 65641-7200.
Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano firefighters and first responders will serve barbecued pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches with baked beans and potato salad near the Eagle Rock Marina beginning at 11 a.m. Area residents are invited to come early to enjoy the barbecue.
Fireworks will be shot at dark. The show can be viewed from various locations around the Highway 86 Bridge or the Eagle Rock Campground and Marina.
For more information, call Eagle Rock Fire Station #1 at 271-3642.
The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration at the Seligman Community Building on Saturday, July 3.
The Duane Corn Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will begin at 5 p.m. For more information or to register for the tournament, call Bobby Corn at 417-662-3238 or 417-662-3600.
Musical entertainment, provided by Judy Holt, Fred Devore and friends, will be offered beginning at 6 p.m. The event will also offer a cake walk and an assortment of games for children and adults. Concessions will be available during the celebration.
Attendees should bring their lawn chairs and plan to stay for the fireworks show, which will begin at dark.
For more information, call 417-662-3611 or 417-662-3450.
Chapel of the Ozarks will host a Fourth of July celebration at the Rocky Comfort City Park at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 3.
The event will offer a devotion by Bro. Rocky Milsap. Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish and their lawn chairs.
The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.
For more information, call Chapel of the Ozarks at 417-652-3709 or Danny Looney at 417-499-8004.
An Independence Day celebration will also be held at the Purdy High School baseball field at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3.
The event, which is sponsored by area businesses and churches, will offer free barbecue meals. A fireworks show will begin at 9:15 p.m.
Attendees should bring their lawn chairs.