Patriotic celebrations to be held next week
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Grady County will have multiple opportunities to celebrate America’s independence next week including two live music concerts and a community fireworks show.
The commemorations get underway Thursday, July 4th with the 2nd Annual Concert on the Lawn in front of Cairo High School, followed by a fireworks show in the school’s football stadium, and continue Saturday, July 6th with a concert in Whigham.
The July 4th events begin at 6 p.m. on the CHS front lawn with live performances by Steve Walden & C6, music by DJ Ososmooth, also known as Cairo City Councilman Demario Byrden, and the event is hosted by Adrian Felder.
The community is invited to the free concert, which is sponsored by the City of Cairo and CNS, and encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets or towels. Alcohol and smoking are prohibited on the school campus.
After the concert, the celebration will move to West Thomas Stadium, which will open at approximately 8 p.m., with the fireworks display beginning around 9:30 p.m. Admission is also free to the stadium for fireworks. Parking for both events is available in the school’s student parking lot.
The fireworks show is sponsored by the City of Cairo, Grady County Commission, Mr. Chick and Jay Evans-Badcock and More of Cairo. Additional sponsors are Center Drugs, Pollock Insurance Co., Stallings Motors, Graco Fertilizer, K. Todd Butler Law Firm, Cairo Acrobatics, First Investments, Robbie Burns Construction, South Georgia Outdoors and GRITS, United National Bank and The Ken Young Company.
The City of Cairo and the Grady County Commission each pays one third of the total cost of the fireworks and the other third is donated by local businesses with Mr. Chick and Badcocks & More donating half of the local contributions and the other contributors picking up the rest.
East Coast Pyrotechnics, Inc., of Catawba, S.C. is once again handling the fireworks, which 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 the best view of the festivities. The show will last approximately 30 minutes again this year, according to organizer Michael Best.
On Saturday, July 6, the Whigham Volunteer Community Council is presenting “Whigham Stars and Stripes” featuring the Johnnie Marshall Blues Band.
The free concert will take place in the Whigham City Park, 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Drinks and snacks will be on sale during the event with proceeds going to the community volunteer group to use for future events.
Marshall, who has performed around the world, has shown his desire to support his hometown with previous free concerts.