Valdosta Daily Times


June 30, 2013

Celebrating Independence Day with fireworks and more

VALDOSTA — Just about anywhere you live in this area, there will be a July 4th celebration going on close to you, whether it’s Nashville, Lake Park, Valdosta, Wild Adventures, etc.

The Times is partnering again with Wild Adventures for their grand July 4th spectacular fireworks show, which is always an incredibly fun time for the whole family with spectacular fireworks.

There’s a July 4th celebration at Valdosta Mall with lots of vendors and entertainment, and surely there will be fireworks done by the city or parks and rec, although we haven’t heard anything from them yet.

Nashville has a huge celebration planned, Lake Park is the same, with a large fireworks show that may outdo anybody else’s, a dance and more.

Regardless of whether or not you go out to celebrate and watch fireworks, go out of town for the week or weekend, or stay at home and have your own festivities, don’t lose your common sense and do something you shouldn’t.

We’ve been bombarded this week with fireworks tips and you can go online to to see an interview with Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice on the topic as well. Every year, the ER’s in the area see injuries from folks being not so smart. Certainly don’t drink and drive, ever, but definitely not next weekend, and always wear your seat belt in case somebody else isn’t as careful as you are.

And don’t forget the reason why you are celebrating.

It’s America’s Independence Day, celebrating our country’s independence from Britain. The birth of our nation. The beginning of our democracy and the source of all that our fighting men and women work so hard to protect.

We just saw another group leave Moody AFB last week for deployment overseas, so remember the airmen and their families while you are celebrating with yours. Their sacrifices today make this week’s celebrations more than just another day off from work.

Happy 4th!

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