Celebrations set for Fourth of July

Published 3:58 pm Thursday, June 28, 2012

A fireworks display is scheduled for the Fourth of July.

The skies around Atmore will light up Wednesday night for the 4th of July, but instead of the two firework shows that have been held in years past, this year there will only be one show.

“In years past, we have had both fireworks shows at the Pow Wow grounds and the casino, but this year we will only have a show at Wind Creek,” David Gehman, a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ Tribal Council, said. “Those will be held on the evening of the 4th at 9 p.m.”

While the fireworks show will not happen until 9 p.m., Gehman said it is possible the newly formed county-wide community band—that has members from Brewton, Atmore and Flomaton—will perform before the fireworks go off. The band will perform their first public concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Escambia County High School auditorium.

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“At this point, we are possibly going to perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday,” Gehman said. “If we are going to perform, it will be at the amphitheater at Wind Creek. I advise readers and those wishing to see us perform to stay tuned to papers and double check if we will still be able to perform.”

Other 4th of July activities planned at Wind Creek include free buffets for Military Club members. Membership is required, but is free. A valid Military ID must be presented and there is a limit of one per person.

Outside of Atmore and Poarch, East Brewton’s Fort Crawford Park will host the city’s annual July 4th celebration.

The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. and will make for a day filled with fun for the entire family as the day’s events will begin with a spades tournament at 9 a.m. at the East Brewton Civic Center leading up to the popular duck race at 6:30 p.m. with a fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m. Cash prizes for the duck race are $50 for third place, $100 for second place and $200 for the winning duck. Ducks are $5 each and can be purchased at East Brewton City Hall up to July 3, or at the concession stand at Fort Crawford Park on the day of the race.

The bingo session begins at 11 a.m. with a horseshoe tournament set to begin at 4 p.m.

For the younger crowd, water slides will be put into operation beginning at 4 p.m. leading up to opening performances on the Fort Crawford Stage.

Performances will begin at 5 p.m. with the headline group, High Horse, taking the stage at 8 p.m. and will entertain until the beginning of the fireworks display planned for 9:30 p.m.