Thousands of people enjoyed a great evening of community fellowship and patriotism in Vicksburg last night.
The weather was threatening earlier in the day and actually knocked out power for a thousand folks around town. But by 6 p.m., the skies were friendly and the crowds started gathering downtown. While celebrations were seen all over town, downtown was the place to be.
The City of Vicksburg really showed off and showed out.
The newly sodded park area beneath the newly redone Mississippi BBQ Company that overlooked the Old Train Depot Museum that looks up to the newly upgraded Biscuit Company was a magnificent setting for the fireworks on the water.
There were families and revelries held everywhere you looked. People were smiling, laughing and some were just enjoying the view with others. But overall there was a joyous sense of community.
Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. and Alderman Alex Monsour started the festivities with very short speeches, a pledge of allegiance to the Flag and hope that the citizens they serve enjoy their night.
Then Dr. Zarr and the Amazing Funkmonsters did their best to make sure you had fun.
As the sun went down and the dance music stopped, a sense of anticipation filled the air. And oh, it was worth the wait.
The traditional fireworks show started with a blast of red flare-like explosions low to the ground and a few loud reports high above. The next 40 minutes were a non-stop display of colorful explosions, hearing the thousands there go ‘ooh and aah’, some minor applause and anticipation that ‘that was the finale’. But there was no mistaking it once the finale began. 60 seconds of powerful, colorful and endless explosions in the sky.
When it was done spontaneous applause and cheers erupted from the assembled.
The Vicksburg Police Department had every intersection covered and every route was as efficient as it could be. In a tangled web of streets designed for carriages, with cars parked everywhere, the police department managed a smooth, event-free egress from one of the best community get-togethers in years.