Pell City expanding Fourth of July fireworks show
by Elsie Hodnett
PELL CITY – The city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show is expanding this year.

“We have added to this year’s fireworks show,” said Parks and Recreation Department Director Bubba Edge. “We will have some of the same fireworks as previous years, all the spinning, whistling, popping and cracking, Saturn rings, sunflowers, palm trees, new this year we will have five-pointed stars in red, white and blue. And we will have one of the kids’ favorites—the smiley faces.”

Edge said the fireworks show is July 4 and is free and open to the public. The show lasts approximately 25 minutes.

“Pyro Productions, out of Adamsville, Ala., is putting on the show, as they have in years past,” he said. “It cost $15,000 this year, up from $12,000 last year, and is paid for by the city of Pell City.”

Edge said attendees can view the fireworks from Lakeside Park and the baseball and softball complexes at the Pell City Sports Complex.

“We will have caution tape and barriers in the ‘fall-out zone area’ to protect attendees from any firework pieces that fall to the ground,” he said. “The show should begin around 9 p.m.”

Edge said he recommends arriving early to get a good view.

“I recommend bringing lawn chairs and blankets,” he said. “We have the bleachers and people are welcome to sit on those, but it’s nice to be able to lie on a blanket and watch the fireworks.”

Edge said most people start arriving around 4-5 p.m. and even earlier at Lakeside Park.

“They bring footballs, kick balls, Frisbees and other games to play at the Sports Complex, while people at Lakeside Park some people spend the day playing at Kids Kastle and the beach.”

Edge said no personal fireworks are allowed for safety reasons.

“Attendees are welcome to bring coolers, but no alcohol is allowed,” he said.

Edge said the restrooms at the baseball and softball complexes and at Lakeside Park are open to the public.

“We have about 12,000-15,000 people attend each year,” he said. “Plus there are people attending by boat as far as the eye can see. It’s a sea of lights over the lake.”

Edge said this is the most popular event the city hosts.

“We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the show,” he said. “I think it will be very exciting this year with the new fireworks additions. We are hoping for good weather. It will be a blast—literally.”

Police Sgt. Richard Woods, head of the special operations unit, said the Pell City Police Department’s Marine One and the Alabama State Marine Police will patrol the lake, while Pell City Police officers assist in the viewing areas and with traffic.

“We have changed the way we route traffic this year to help improve traffic flow,” he said.

Woods said all traffic exiting from the Sports Complex will turn left onto Cropwell Drive. Traffic on Hardwick Road and U.S. 34 will flow both ways. Attendees exiting from Lakeside Park and the Civic Center may turn either way onto U.S. 34.

“We will have officers posted at each intersection to help with traffic,” he said. “There is no need to report traffic delays to St. Clair County Central Dispatch following the fireworks show. We ask that people be patient and we will keep traffic flowing.”

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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