Our opinion: Cities of Selma, Orrville, Valley Grande delivered on Fourth of July

Published 3:31 pm Thursday, July 7, 2022

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The cities of Selma, Orrville and Valley Grande are developing a reputation across the Black Belt Region for their outstanding fireworks show on the Fourth of July.

Independence Day 2022 was no different as residents and visitors alike were treated to the epic sights and sounds of the traditional light show put on by the city and surrounding towns.

We were impressed to see cars filling the parking lots and people jockeying for the best vantage points to see the impressive light shows. It was also fun to see the flotilla of boats converging near the Edmund Pettus Bridge to watch the Selma pyrotechnics. Additionally, we saw license plates on cars at each of the shows, ranging from Montgomery, Mobile, and Birmingham.

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We’re always glad to see visitors join Dallas County residents to help celebrate Independence Day, and while here, we’re sure they frequent local eating establishments, purchase fuel for their trip home, and hopefully leave with a renewed sense of patriotism and pride for the country we live in.

The City of Selma went all out this year, with events staged over a series of nights, culminating in Monday’s events, which were well attended. While such events surely come at a high cost, they give us an opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate life and liberty, and the many blessings we’re afforded by being able to live in a free and Democratic country.

We applaud Selma Mayor James Perkins, Jr., Orrville Mayor Louvenia Lumpkin, Valley Grande Mayor Wayne Labbe and the city and town councils of each for giving us a wonderful July 4 show, and the many city and town employees who did the heavy lifting to make them happen.