SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - If you're looking for a place to enjoy watching the Fourth of July fireworks without worrying about someone shooting fireworks nearby, both Biloxi and Gulfport have you covered.
Biloxi's mile-long fireworks-free zone on east beach extends from Oak Street to the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. It's exclusively set aside for watching the 25-minute city fireworks show, which begins at 9pm on July 4. The best viewing is from the Biloxi Lighthouse eastward to the Biloxi Bay Bridge.
"We had a great positive response to our fireworks-free zone last year," Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich said. "Families were able to enjoy the fireworks without distraction or worry about being hit by someone else shooting fireworks nearby. And they will get to enjoy that again this year."
Another fireworks show will take place following the Shuckers baseball game. That one, put on by Pyro Shows, will include 1000 pounds of explosives and ten miles of wires for the choreographed show.
The city of Gulfport has its own fireworks-free zone from 15th Street to Hwy 49, South of Hwy 90. The fireworks are set to begin near the Gulfport Harbor at 8:45pm on July 4. The best viewing locations are Jones Park, Gulfport Municipal Marina, and the beach south of Hwy 90 west of Hewes Avenue.
Gulfport Police have some advice for drivers trying to get out of the traffic congestion following the show.
For traffic trying to get to the Naval Construction Battalion Center travel west on Hwy 90 and turn north (right) onto 30th Avenue. Take 30th Avenue to Pass Road and turn west (left) onto Pass Road continue until you reach the main gate. There will be no left turns across traffic on Hwy 49 from 13th Street to 34th Street.
For traffic trying to get to 28th Street (West towards Long Beach/Canal Road) travel west on Hwy 90 and turn north (right) onto 30th Avenue. Take 30th Avenue to 28th Street and turn west (left) onto 28th Street. There will be no left turns across traffic on Hwy 49 from 13th Street to 34th Street.
This traffic plan will go into effect at 8:30pm, and remain until traffic has cleared.