MILLEDGEVILLE — The Fourth of July is approaching, and for years Milledgeville's Independence Day fireworks have been a tradition. But for a few years this tradition was lost.
Over the past decade, local residents lined the streets and parking lots of U.S. Highway 441 other areas around town to watch as fireworks were launched from behind the Milledgeville Mall and lit up the night sky.
In 2008 the mall and those involved decided they could not afford to put on the show that summer, which went on hiatus for the next few years. That was us until 2011. Milledgeville City Councilman Philip Joiner who has helped to spearhead the return of the fireworks show and organized it since 2011, said through private donors and sponsorships the should was brought back to the community that year.
Joiner said the event provides not only family-friendly entertainment but also a “good one-day economic impact” for the city.
The show leads people from surrounding counties to flock to Milledgeville for the evening, which allows businesses and restaurants to flourish for the night.
Joiner said he was proud of the 2011 show's success and knew the event was something he wanted to be a part of for years to come.
“It a nice community event that needed to be brought back and a good way to lead into the holiday weekend,” Joiner said.
This will be the first year that the show is entirely funded and presented by the City of Milledgeville, which could provide a more solid base for the event now and in the future and making it a tradition that is here to stay.
Fireworks display company Pyrotecnico helps with the show each year. The crew handles the setting up and launching of the fireworks, as well as the cleanup.
This year's show will take place on Saturday, June 29 shortly after dark. A warning shot will be fired off five minutes before the show begins.
There will also be entertainment in front of the mall from 6 to 9 p.m., including live music, balloons, face painting, and other family friendly activities.
Joiner said he hopes all of Milledgeville and surrounding counties will come out and enjoy this “pleasant distraction from the grind of our everyday lives.”
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