By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
If there’s one Fourth of July tradition common to every town, it’s fireworks. The Town of Tarboro will again have its own show this year, beginning at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday at the high school football stadium.
“Of all of the celebrations that are held, that’s a pretty significant one, because it’s our nation’s birthday,” said Cheryl Gay, director of Tarboro Parks & Recreation Department.
S&W Productions based in Wake Forest is handling the fireworks again this year. The company will fire 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch shells from the grassy area at the stadium.
Gay said the show would last from 15 to 20 minutes, depending on “how well the fuses light.” She said a variety of fireworks would light up the sky, from a bumblebee to a smiley face to patriotic red, white and blue fireworks.
“It’s something for the families here in Tarboro to get out and enjoy,” said Lt. Keith Hale of the Tarboro Police Department. “It’s good to have something here in town.”
Lt. Danny Butler of the Tarboro Fire Department agreed.
“I think it’s a good thing for the citizens that they don’t have to go out of town to take their children to see the fireworks,” Butler said. He said the fire department inspects the fireworks display site every year and has a fire truck at the scene as a safety precaution. Spectators normally park in the high school parking lot or the mall parking lot across the street, outside the 500-foot safety drop zone.
“They can park at a safe distance but still be close enough to enjoy the show,” Hale said. While the high school and mall parking lots are popular spots to watch the fireworks, they can be viewed from many other places in town.
“A lot of people can see them from their home, so they’ll have a cookout at their home and watch the fireworks,” Gay said.
The town did not have a fireworks display in 2011 because of budget constraints but brought back the show last year, and town and area residents came out in droves to watch the show.
“There was not even a place (to park) in the mall parking lot last year,” Gay said. Fireworks are the only thing planned to celebrate the Fourth this year, but the parks and recreation department has discussed expanding the celebration next year, since the Fourth will be on a Friday.
“We’re dedicated to doing something different next year,” Gay said.