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29 June 2006
Appreciation Expressed
for Past Fireworks Celebrations

            Jacksonville State University President William A. Meehan expresses his appreciation for the tremendous volunteer effort supporting past July Fourth fireworks displays held adjacent to Pete Mathews Coliseum.

            "We regret that there will not be a fireworks celebration this year, but I do want to thank the American Legion, the Jacksonville City Police and Fire Departments, the University Police Department, and the JSU physical plant employees, along with students, staff, WLJS, the music department and many others who made this annual celebration possible in the past. A large number of enthusiastic supporters of the observances gave their time and energy, and their efforts are noted and appreciated by all."

            The American Legion decided it would not be able to pursue the event this year. In recent years, financial support was inadequate to cover the cost, leaving organizers with the obligation of paying the balance.

            Dr. Meehan said, "I urge everyone to check the local media for schedules of other fireworks celebrations in surrounding cities. Fireworks are a traditional way to celebrate July Fourth and also to remember our troops, who are abroad fighting terrorism on behalf of all Americans.

            "I hope all citizens will take a moment to reflect on the patriotic aspects of the coming holiday and what it means to enjoy the privileges of American citizenship."

        Area fireworks celebrations include the following:


Anniston City’s Independence Day Celebration

What:  Part Time Band Concert and Fireworks

When:  Saturday, July 1

Concert – 7 p.m.

Fireworks – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Woodland Park Softball Complex –

 901 Glade Road - Anniston

How much:  Free

Contact:  236-8221


Salute to America Celebration

City of Heflin

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Freedom Parade                                   2:00 p.m.

Registration for Duck Derby                 2:45 p.m.

($1.00 per Duck)

National Anthem – Del Henson 3:00 p.m.

            Duck Derby

Water Balloon Toss                              3:30 p.m.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest        4:00 p.m.

Horseshoe  Tournament                        4:30 p.m.

Bingo                                                   5:00 p.m.

Entertainment – Ryan Robertson           7:00 p.m.

Fireworks Display                                8:00 p.m.


Oxford City’s Freedom Festival

What:   Parade, Walk around Lake for Senior Adults, Tricycle & Bicycle

            Races for Youths, Free Activities, Swim Races. 

            Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

When:  Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Where: Oxford Lake Park

How much:       Free

Contact:           831-2660


Birmingham Independence Day Concert & Fireworks

What:   UAB Summer Band & Fireworks

When:  Tuesday, 8:00 p.m.

Where: UAB – 1801 University Blvd. – Birmingham

How much:       Free

Contact:           (205)933-0596

            You may also visit the Alabama Department of Tourism website for other observances in the state: Annual Alabama Special Events – 4th of July.

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