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Fourth of July celebration to include tribute to the late Daryle Singletary

The local celebration of the Fourth of July will have a little extra pop, according to organizers of the fireworks display and pre-fireworks concert planned for next Wednesday night.
In addition to the annual fireworks show at West Thomas Stadium on the campus of Cairo High School, this year’s Independence Day celebration will feature “Concert on the Lawn” sponsored by CNS Cable and the City of Cairo.
Cairo City Councilman Demario Byrden, who is also a DJ who performs under the stage name of Ososmooth, wanted to add to the festivities building up to the firework show.
The concert will feature performances by The Sunset Band and Steve Walden & C6. According to Councilman Byrden, The Sunset Band will perform rock, country and pop selections.
A highlight of the evening will be a musical tribute to the late Daryl Singletary, who died unexpectedly earlier this year. The Grady County native and Nashville recording artist will be memorialized in a musical tribute by The Sunset Band.
Cairo Mayor Booker T. Gainor will also present the Singletary family with a proclamation from the city honoring the late musician.
Steve Walden of Steve Walden & C6 is originally from Whigham and his band will perform Motown and R&B hits.
Between sets, Councilman Byrden will be DJ and play popular music. The councilman has also invited local dance groups to perform.
“The fireworks are great, but we wanted to do more. We want everyone to come out and have a good time. It will be a family oriented event and the first, we hope, of many to come,” Councilman Byrden said.
“Concert on the Lawn” will be staged on the band practice field in front of Cairo High School. CHS Principal Chris Lokey reminds everyone that no smoking and no alcohol are permitted on the high school campus.
Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. and the bands will take center stage at approximately 7 p.m.
West Thomas Stadium will open at 8:30 p.m. for the fireworks show to follow. Due to construction on the CHS campus, entrances to the stadium will be through the north door of the old gymnasium or through the gate beside the Band Stand Concession Stand.
The fireworks display is slated to begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The show will once again be presented by East Coast Pyrotechnics, Inc. of Catawba, S.C. The fireworks will be fired from the east road on the other side of the CHS track, so the home side of the stadium will provide a prime view of the festivities. The show will last approximately 25 minutes again this year.
Admission is free and parking is available in the school’s student parking lot.
In addition to concert sponsor CNS Cable, the main sponsors of the fireworks display are: the City of Cairo, Grady County Commission, Mr. Chick and Jay Evans-Badcock and More of Cairo. Other local sponsors are Center Drugs, Pollock Insurance Co., Stallings Motors, Graco Fertilizer, First Investments, Robbie Burns Construction, United National Bank, South Georgia Outdoors, and GRITS.
“It is exciting to know that once again this year the local governments, community and businesses have agreed to sponsor the show and we can stay right here in our community and watch a professional fireworks show. A big thank you goes out to our local city and county governments for partnering on this, and all of our local businesses and individuals that donated money to bring this great tradition back to our community,” said Michael Best, the organizer and chief fundraiser for the event.
Best also expressed his gratitude to Councilman Byrden for his work to organize the pre-fireworks show concert.

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