Biloxi’s Fourth of July fireworks display looks to be bigger than ever
BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - A national fireworks shortage is causing a hike in prices just days before families get together for Independence Day celebrations.
This has led some people to head to fireworks stands earlier or plan on heading to public shows, like the one in Biloxi.
“Our show is the second largest show between the Louisiana line and the Florida line,” said the city’s fireworks coordinator Rusty David.
David is on Biloxi’s Boom Boom Committee, a group made up of private and corporate sponsors that put on the city’s fireworks display each year. The fireworks show on the beach has been done by the Boom Boom Committee for more than 40 years.
Despite this year’s shortage, organizers assure the public that they have everything they need for the show.
“We’re plugged in with a company that’s been shooting our fireworks for a long time,” David said. “We have a priority with fireworks and some of the other companies have not.”
However, while the show will still go on, that doesn’t mean it won’t cost a bit more than in previous years. The shortage in inventory is making the demand higher, which is driving up the prices.
“We’re working through it and we’re raising a little more money so we can have the same quality show,” David said.
Despite the challenges, spectators can expect the same 20-minute show with some added features.
“I got a couple of surprises but I don’t want to tell it all right now,” David said.
With the fireworks display going on as usual this year, organizers want more people to focus on the true meaning of Independence Day.
“It’s basically about the freedom we have and where we are,” David said.
Members of the committee want people to commemorate the sacrifices made for our country and our liberties. It’s the reason why they continue to have such a massive show for such an important day.
“It’s called being an American. We have a show for Independence Day that makes us look like we are excited to be Americans,” David said.
Biloxi isn’t the only city set to light up the sky this weekend. Cities across the Coast from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula are also scheduled to have fireworks displays. To see a complete list of Fourth of July fireworks in South Mississippi, click here.
The display will be this Sunday at 9 p.m. across from the Biloxi Yacht Club.
The Ohr O’Keefe Museum will have a live band beginning at 7:30pm that will create an original musical score in conjunction with the city’s fireworks show. For more information on tickets, contact the museum.
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