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Another Independence Day and no fireworks in Grady County.
That was the sad news delivered by Cairo’s city manager, Chris Addleton, Monday night.
The city manager said he received word from East Coast Pyrotechnics late last week that they do not have the manpower or fireworks inventory to be able to put on the traditional July 4th fireworks display here.
“I guess in a way it is a result of the on-going pandemic,” Addleton said.
The event was canceled last year due to the pandemic, but now with vaccinations available and the number of cases in decline officials had been hopeful the show would go on this year.
Community organizer Michael Best, who annually contacts private donors to solicit funds to be pooled with appropriations from the City of Cairo and Grady County Commission to finance the fireworks display, said Tuesday that he was as disappointed as anyone.
“It was like it was off then it was on again and now it’s off again. Hopefully, next year we can have a really nice event,” Best said.
While there will be no fireworks here, there will be some in neighboring Camilla.
The Mitchell County Enterprise-Journal reports this week that on Saturday, July 3, Downtown Camilla will be the place to be from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. for a fun and exciting Independence Day Celebration. Fireworks will once again be shot downtown at 9:30 p.m.
The Small Engine Parade will return and vendors will fill the Mitchell County Courthouse lawn in addition to Court Street. Some merchants will have sidewalk sales. The Colleen Morrell Park at the corner of Broad and Scott streets will be the site for the evening’s entertainment.
Vendors must fill out an information sheet, but there is no fee for space.
Vendors’ merchandise must be new, homemade or grown. Those who would like information should contact Don Gray, Camilla Main Street director, at (229) 330-2303 or email@example.com.
New this year will be a walking section of the Small Engine Parade. To be in the walking section, participants must be dressed in a patriot costume or in the colors of red, white and blue. For information or an entry form contact Don Gray.