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Where to see fireworks

POSTED: July 1, 2013 5:35 p.m.

Although Effingham County will not have a July 4th fireworks display of its own, locals have several options for shows that are a short drive away.


Tybee Island will host its annual fireworks show over the water Wednesday, starting at 9:15 p.m. The display can be seen anywhere on the eastern side of the island, including the pier and pavilion or along the beach.


Also Wednesday, Hunter Army Airfield will have its fireworks show. Soldiers, families and members of surrounding civilian communities are welcome to view the display at Family Day Field starting at 9 p.m.


For fireworks shows on the actual Fourth of July, the local options include Statesboro, Savannah and Fort Stewart.


Statesboro’s fireworks show will be Thursday after 9 p.m. at Mill Creek Regional Park. It will conclude a full day of activities at Mill Creek, including live music throughout the day, BMX bike shows and a sub sandwich-eating contest. More information is available at www.bullochrec.com.


River Street in Savannah will have its fireworks extravaganza starting about 9:30 on Thursday, as part of a weekend-long festival with music, food and other festivities on River Street. Chuck Courtenay, who played at last year’s Oktoberfest in Effingham, will take the stage Friday at 8:30 p.m. on River Street.


For more information, go to www.riverstreetsavannah.com.


With a crowd of about 60,000 people expected downtown to watch the fireworks, the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department urges drivers to use the city’s parking garages. There, maps will be provided for the best route out of downtown after the fireworks. SCMPD advises there will be delays and asks motorists to obey posted signs.


Fort Stewart’s “Salute to the Nation” will begin at 8:30 on Thursday, starting with a howitzer round fired for each of the 50 states, at Cottrell Field. Fireworks will follow.


For those looking to extend the July 4th spirit into the weekend, Richmond Hill’s celebration will be on Saturday at J.F. Gregory Park. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with free fishing, kids’ inflatable water rides,  music by the band 3rd Class Citizens, a farmers market and food and craft vendors, and conclude with fireworks at 9.


See www.richmondhillvisit.com for more information.

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