Firework displays to light up county
Patriotic events offered in several communities
Communities across the county will be lit up and fired up for Independence Day celebrations in July.
Many events in will be held in communities across the county for families to enjoy in observance of the fiercely patriotic holiday celebrating the day in which Americans won their freedom.
Roaring River Health and Rehab, 801 Old Exeter Road, will host its annual fireworks display on Saturday. Watermelon will be available, and a DJ will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a fireworks show to follow at dusk. The facility, employees and staff raised $1,500 in raffle tickets to purchase fireworks. Families are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the show.
The Wheaton Volunteer Fire District will host its traditional fireworks display on Tuesday in the city park.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks and ice cream will be for sale beginning at 6 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., music will begin, and at 7:30 p.m., entertainment provided by variety band The South Bound Saints will begin.
Fireworks will begin at dusk. Families are invited to enjoy the show and bring their lawn chairs and blankets.
In one of the largest fireworks displays in the Barry County area, the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department will host its annual Fired Up & Smokiní fireworks display on Sunday, off the Eagle Rock Bridge on Highway 86 over Table Rock Lake, beginning at dusk. The department plans to light up between $18,000-$19,000 of fireworks collected in donations over the year.
But long before then the light show starts, festivities will begin with a barbecue at the departmentís Station No. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring brisket and pulled pork sandwiches with all the trimmings. Plates, which include a drink, are $8 each, and brats and hot dogs will be available for children for $6 a plate.
About 4,000 people are expected to attend the popular event, which is open to the public, Fire Chief Mark Pierson said. Guests can park in the campgrounds, on both sides of the highway, or at the fire station and walk down, and are encouraged to arrive early to secure a spot.
The launch site will be on the southeast corner of Table Rock Bridge off Highway 86 and the fireworks display can be viewed from the campgrounds and by boat. Families are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to settle in and enjoy the show, which is expected to last about 45 minutes.
The annual fireworks display is funded completely on donations from individuals and businesses throughout the year, a mass mailer to Eagle Rock, Golden and Mano residents, and from funds collected through department breakfasts each month.
In the event of rain, the event will be held on Monday.
Donations are still being accepted, and can be made by mail to Eagle Rock Fire Station, 30625 State Hwy. 86, Eagle Rock, MO 65641. For more information about the event, people may contact Station No. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, at 417-271-3642.
The city of Seligman will host its annual parade and fireworks display, sponsored by Zeta Phi, on Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m.
Lineup begins at 4:30 near Dollar General, and the parade will begin at the north end of town at the corner of Highway 37 and Business 37, traveling south to city hall at the corner of South Main and Joan Avenue.
Prizes will be awarded for the Most Patriotic, sponsored by the Seligman Parks Department. First prize will take $100; second place, $50; and third place, $25.
Free hot dogs will be served after the parade, sponsored by the Seligman Chamber of Commerce.
Fireworks will begin at dark on the grounds of city hall.
The event is open to the public and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
The Shell Knob community will be hosting its annual Fire and Thunder Fireworks Display, sponsored by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce, on July 4. The show begins just after dark at approximately 9:20 p.m. Guests can watch the fabulous light show on the water just east of the Shell Knob Bridge.
The Purdy community will host a picnic and fireworks show on Monday at The Gathering Place, at Highway C and Business Highway 37. The picnic starts at 5 p.m. and includes a meal for $5, live local entertainment, and a fireworks display at dark. Highway C will be closed through the center of town beginning at 3 p.m.; detour signs will be posted. Fireworks dealer Ken Terry is again providing the event to the community. The Purdy City Council approved spending $250 on fireworks to support the effort. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.