Valdosta Daily Times

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June 29, 2014

South Georgia gets ready for Fourth of July

VALDOSTA — Fireworks, music and more are scheduled throughout the region to celebrate the Fourth of July later this week.

Wild Adventures

The Valdosta Daily Times again partners with Wild Adventures for a special evening of Independence Day fireworks.

The largest display of fireworks in South Georgia and North Florida will begin at dusk Friday and Splash Island will remain open until 10 p.m.

Independence Day will be filled with live entertainment and watermelon-eating contests all day followed by Splash Island Nights in the water park.

The fun continues Saturday with country superstar Billy Currington in concert at 8 p.m.

Wild Adventures honors the military during the weekend celebration with free admission July 4-6 for all active or retired, disabled veterans and reservists with a valid  military ID.

Family and friends of military members also receive discounts on tickets.

More information: Visit wildadventures.com

Valdosta-Lowndes County

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority will provide a fantastic fireworks display for the community on Independence Day.

VLPRA’s annual Fireworks Spectacular will be held on Friday, July 4, at nightfall (around 9:15 p.m.) People can best view the fireworks on the east side of I-75, between exits 16 and 18.

VLPRA is proud to host the event each year and dedicates months of planning and collaboration to making the fireworks a success. VLPRA’s Executive Director George Page says it all starts with securing the location for the massive display: “Once we have the staging area, we move forward with bidding out the fireworks themselves and getting all the proper permits.

“We then work with the Valdosta and Lowndes fire departments and the fire marshals who are there to keep the staging area safe,” Page says. “The Valdosta Police Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department are critical in maintaining traffic flow.”

Page also says VLPRA works with the Georgia State Patrol to keep drivers moving on the interstate, since the show is visible from I-75.

Since it is an outdoor event, weather does play a factor in the fireworks show. Rain, wet ground, fog, and excessively high humidity can affect whether the fireworks explode. VLPRA already has a plan for that and will reschedule the fireworks for Saturday, July 5, at nightfall if there are weather issues.

More information: Visit vlpra.com or facebook.com/vlpra for information and weather updates.

VLPRA Spirit of America Fireworks Extravaganza, Friday, July 4, nightfall, Norman Drive area, east side of I-75 between exits 16 and 18. Fireworks can be viewed at no charge anywhere between exits 16 and 18.

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