Valdosta Daily Times

June 30, 2013

Celebrating Independence Day with fireworks and more

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

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!

Business Roundup

The new Ashley Furniture Home Store opened this week. It’s located on N. Valdosta Road in the same area as several other furniture stores, in a building that once housed a local church.

The Boot Barn on N. Oak St. Extension is holding its grand re-opening next week, the 7th to the 9th according to their sign.

The new thrift store in Five Points next to Carter and Sons should be opening sometime soon in July. It will benefit the Langdale Hospice House when it’s up and running.

Mark your calendars for July 11 if you’d like to be one of the first to shop at the national trendy clothing retailer, Buckle, which is opening that day in the Valdosta Mall.

Good news this week for those asking about The Mill @ Remerton Square. Planning took a little longer than expected, but they are on track for an August opening. It’s going in next to Anthony & Co. in the Remerton Mill Plaza off Baytree Road and will feature a pizza buffet and other food items along with games for children and adults.

The Rugrat Play Zone is open for business now, with combat style games and glow in the dark fun. It’s located right off of St. Augustine Road near the Lankford Drive intersection.

A little sad news this week — it looks like the city’s second Quizno’s is now gone as well. The one in the plaza by the movie theatres closed recently, and the location on N. Ashley St. is closed now as well.

That’s all for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!