VALDOSTA -- The Azalea City's fireworks display received a big thumbs-up Monday night from one of its tiniest citizens, three-year-old Jeremiah Jones.

"They sound like popcorn," he said, sitting on a kid-sized red plastic chair. "I like the fireworks."

Jeremiah Jones celebrated the birthday of the signing of the Declaration of Independence with his one-year-old brother, Christopher Jones. The two clapped and laughed, their heads tossed back, throughout the 30-minute extravaganza.

"Look," said the younger Jones, pointing to each splash of color as it popped in the night sky, squealing with delight and oohing and aahing.

The Jones brothers' attention remained steadfast on the fireworks display, interrupted only momentarily by the flash of airplane lights in the background. Jeremiah Jones shouted for the airplane to "get out of the way" then proceeded to enjoy the show.

Sitting on the hood of the family automobile, Kayla and Amber Scalewski, ages 7 and 9 respectively, watched the multi-colored presentation while drinking a soda and eating a spicy smoked snack. The younger of the two girls admitted to liking the pink fireworks the best.

"I watch the fireworks every year," said Tliya Daniel, 8. "I like how they pop up into the sky."

Daniel's grandmother, Joann Paige, said watching the local fireworks display has become a regular part of her family's Independence Day festivities. She said it's a perfect opportunity for them to spend time together, enjoy a little watermelon and barbecue and relax.

"It's just fun," she added. "I like to see the expressions on the kids' faces."

The fireworks display was sponsored by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Recreation, Parks and Community Affairs Department.

The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Signed by leaders of 13 British colonies located along the east coast, it was the first official document referring to the colonies as the United States of America.

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