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June 30, 2014

Two fireworks shows to usher in the Fourth

MILLEDGEVILLE — The city of Milledgeville will host its annual fireworks show at the Milledgeville Mall on Thursday when the sun goes down. A second community fireworks display is slated for Friday evening at the Milledgeville Country Club.

Phillip Joiner coordinates the mall fireworks show. He said he is excited to be working again with the city to put together this event that brings joy to so many people from Milledgeville and surrounding areas.

“This is a very small event that benefits such a large number of people,” Joiner said.

“It is something that every single person in Milledgeville and Baldwin County can enjoy.”

This will be the fourth year since Joiner as a City Councilman helped bring the show back in 2011.

Joiner has been working with the City of Milledgeville for the past six weeks to coordinate all of the events for Thursday - including the live music, vendors and the fireworks crew.

For the most part, the show event will be the same routine as usual, but with a few subtle changes Joiner hopes will enhance the experience.

The Fall Line Ramblers, a Milledgeville-based band, will perform in front of the mall at 6 p.m. and will play until around sunset. Former Milledgeville Idol winner Jon Peeler will accompany The Fall Line Ramblers and will sing the national anthem approximately three minutes before the show begins.

Along with live music, there will be vendors, face painters and more for kids and their families to come enjoy.

Pyrotecnico, a company that has worked with the Super Bowl and the Olympics, will once again supply the fireworks for this year's show, however there will be a new crew coordinating the show.

Another difference this year that Joiner believes will bring a good change to the show is new technology.

“Expect a lot of the same, but also expect some new and improved fireworks,” Joiner said.

While much work goes into planning and coordinating, Joiner gives most of the credit to the Milledgeville Fire Department, the local police department and public works for the show's success.

“These are the folks who make it happen and keep it safe.

While there is no official start time for the show, Joiner described it as “dark-thirty,” which would be just after the sun has completely set.

There will be a warning shot to let the public know the show will begin in five minutes.

While there are many places where people can set up and watch the show - including Walter B. Williams Park, on a boat out on the lake, or even from your own home if you live close enough - Joiner suggests that those who want to watch from the parking lots lining Highway 441 get there early because of how quickly these spots fill up.

While the show costs anywhere between $8,000 and $12,000 each year, Joiner and the City of Milledgeville believe it is worth it for the local economic benefit from local shoppers, as well as those who come from surrounding counties to enjoy the show.

If Thursday's fireworks show doesn't provide enough of a fix, a second community show is slated for 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Milledgeville Country Club.

All events in front of the mall will kick off around 6 p.m. and will last until the beginning of the show.

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