Selma, Valley Grande, Orrville set for fireworks

Published 8:18 pm Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Final preparations are being made for firework shows in Selma, Orrville and Valley Grande for the Fourth of July holiday.

Each municipality will host its own firework show.

The city of Selma went a few years without a firework show, but this year will make it two in a row with a show.

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Councilwoman Susan Youngblood helped organize this year’s Independence Day celebration.

The festivities will start at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Youngblood said refreshments will be served for veterans to show appreciation to go along with this year’s theme of “Land of the Free Because of the Brave.”

Youngblood said the music program is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

“There will be some music to enjoy, and we’ll be singing some music for everyone to participate,” she said. “We are going to be encouraging patriotism and encouraging people to appreciate our veterans and our military and the love of our country and our city.”

Youngblood said there will be a firework show around 8 p.m. or dark, but it won’t be as big as previous shows.

“It’s not going to be the big pyrotechnic display that we have had in the past because that’s just too, too expensive, but we will have fireworks,” she said. “We will have some music and we will have a lot of fun. We want everybody to come and enjoy that.”

Valley Grande’s show will start at 9 p.m. at Valley Grande City Park. Mayor Mat Dobbs said this year’s festivities will only include a firework show.

“What we’re doing is investing more money in a better-quality firework show than in the other stuff during the day because it seems to be more interesting,” Dobbs said. “It’ll be about a 30-minute show.”

This will be the third year in a row for Orrville’s firework show. Mayor Louvenia Lumpkin said festivities will start around 5 p.m. at the Orrville Community Center.

“We’re hoping we can do something a little different. We’ll have a barbeque around 5 p.m. and people can come out and bring their tents and their barbeque grills,” she said.

The fireworks will start at 8:30 p.m.

“The last two years have been outstanding. They’ve turned out very well. People are excited. They can’t wait until the firework show,” she said. “It’s going to be fun.”