WHERE TO WATCH: 4th of July fireworks on the coast
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - What’s more fun than watching fireworks on the water? If you’re wondering where you can catch the best firework shows this Independence Day, we’ve got you covered!
Cities all across the coast are planning their very own celebrations leading up to and on the special night.
Diamondhead (July 2) - Join the city of Diamondhead for their first fireworks viewing party, located at the southside of Diamondhead, on Saturday, July 2. The party will take place from 6-10 p.m., with fireworks from 9 to 9:20 p.m. There will also be live music, food trucks, and a draft beer truck. Don’t forget to bring your own chair!
Flint Creek (July 2) - A fireworks show will take place at 9 p.m. at the Flint Creek Water Park in Wiggins.
Biloxi (July 4) - Watch Biloxi’s firework show between the Biloxi Lighthouse and the Biloxi Bay Bridge, or listen on FM 105.9. The show will start at 9 p.m. and is expected to last around 18 minutes. The fireworks will be shot from a barge near Deer Island, and a “fireworks-free zone” has been established between the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and Oak Street.
Gulfport (July 4) - The best places to view Gulfport’s firework show will be around Jones Park, Gulfport Marina, and the beach south of 90. Viewing is free to all, and the fireworks will be shot from Moses Jetty in the Gulfport Municipal Marina beginning at 8:45 p.m. Moses Jetty will close at 6 a.m. that morning in order to set up for the show. The “firework free” area is from 15th Street to 25th Avenue south of Highway 90.
- Parking for the Gulfport fireworks show is available at the CTA parking garage next to the CTA Gulfport Transit Center and by the Mississippi Aquarium. Starting at 4:15 p.m., parking will be $10, cash only, upon entry. Parking will include on-site security, restrooms, and free ADA equipped shuttle service to Jones Park.
McNeill (July 4) - Join the McNeill community for its annual fireworks show and gospel singing! The events will take place at the corner of Highway 11 and Sones Chapel Road. The festivities will start at 2 p.m. and include vendors, a bike parade, and other events. The kids bike parade will start at 5 p.m., with gospel singing starting at 7 p.m. and fireworks after dark.
Ocean Springs (July 4) - Ocean Springs’s firework show takes place on the night of the 4th and is open to the public. The show is at Front Beach and starts at 8:45 p.m. There will be music, food, and fun! Double Dee begins playing at 6:30 p.m. at The Fort.
Pascagoula (July 4) - Pascagoula’s firework show will begin at 8 p.m. and will be visible all along Beach Boulevard. The show is free to all.
Perkinston (July 4) - Join Crane Creek Baptist Church at Necaise Ball Field (30300 Hwy 603) for their Faith, Family, & Freedom Celebration at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the event includes guest speaker Clay Dyer, Jacob’s Well Praise Band, fireworks, concessions, and prizes.
If you are going to set off your own fireworks, officials recommend the following tips:
- Make sure it is legal to set them off in your area.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Keep them away from any body parts and from other people.
- Do not try to re-light a faulty firework.
- Keep water handy to put out any flames.
- Don’t ever handle fireworks while impaired.
- Always monitor your children, and never let them handle fireworks.
- If you do happen to get a serious burn, seek medical attention immediately.
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