City of Selma Fourth of July firework show cancelled, other shows pending

Published 10:33 am Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The city of Selma announced Wednesday the annual city firework show program is cancelled for Thursday, July 4 due to the expectation of inclement weather.

Other local firework shows are on standby, waiting until the day of to make a decision on cancelling their shows.

Selma Mayor George Evans and Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard met Wednesday with the Dallas County EMA director to discuss the upcoming weather and severe weather possibilities. They postponed the show until Labor Day on Sept. 2.

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“They looked at all the weather coming in and decided to postpone the event until Labor Day,” Sheryl Smedley, executive director for the Selma Dallas County Chamber of Commerce said early Wednesday.

Rhonda Abbott, EMA director, said there would be several periods of heavy rainfall and flash flooding across east central Alabama where two to five inches of heavy rainfall is expected through Friday.

“I feel like that was a pretty good decision based on what the city has done,” Smedley said.

Valley Grande also had a city firework show planned and announced today on their Facebook that they would be on standby, but did not yet cancel their show.

“We will keep you updated on Facebook,” the post on Facebook said. “If at all possible, we will have the festivities planned on Thursday, but if it is raining we will not be able to proceed. Fireworks and rain do not get along in the event that we do not have the celebration on Thursday night then we will have it on a later date within the next few days.”

They said to watch their Facebook page for more updates.

For questions about the city of Selma firework show cancellation and rescheduled date, contact Mayor Evan’s assistant Mechelle Armstrong. (334) 874-2101.