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Waveland prepares to host Fourth of July bash

The City of Waveland prepares for a big Fourth of July celebration. (Photo source: WLOX News) The City of Waveland prepares for a big Fourth of July celebration. (Photo source: WLOX News)
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - The National spotlight shined on Waveland Tuesday as the city prepares to host a huge Fourth of July celebration.

The city won an all expense paid Fourth of July bash complete with barbeque, live entertainment and a fireworks display in a nation-wide Red, White and You Contest. The city is preparing for as many as 30,000 people to attend the event.

The National Cable Television Network Destination America will spend much of the week in Waveland taping segments that will air nationwide on July Fourth.

“It's real exciting for me. I'm looking at it as kind of setting the stage for future growth in Waveland. It's a national event and the only other time we've been on a national stage is of course when Katrina hit. Now we're looking at 10 years later and hopefully people see the beauty of our city now on a national stage,” said Waveland Mayor Mike Smith.

And the bash is all thanks to a Waveland resident, who wrote an essay to the USA Today and Destination America judges explaining why her community deserved the $50,000 4th of July bash.

“It's bringing some recognition to little bitty Waveland and getting us back on the map,” said Waveland resident Donna Estopinal.

“Waveland's such a small town people forget we're here,” said Waveland resident Donna Harris.

The event will be held on the beach between the city's veteran's memorial and municipal pier. City leaders have already started preparing for the crowds.

“Hopefully this is going to be the biggest amount of people we've ever had to deal with. Like I told the staff, Monday it's going to be all hands on deck, police department, fire department, public works everybody is going to play a part in this,” said Mayor Smith.

Mayor Smith believes parking will be the biggest issue to tackle. He said a parking plan is in the works.

“Asking for permission to use whatever available land is open for a place for parking and the city will clear it off or do whatever it's got to do to get it ready for parking,” Mayor Smith said.

He said the Fourth of July celebration will be open to all coast residents.

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