Biloxi fireworks: Know before you go

There will be two big ways to commemorate America’s Independence in Biloxi this year, and while celebrating, the public is asked to keep safety in mind.

On Monday, July 3, the Biloxi Shuckers host an Independence Day Patriotic Fireworks Extravaganza at MGM Park, 105 Caillavet St., after the Shuckers vs. Mississippi Braves game.

Then, on Tuesday, July 4, the waterfront will light up with a fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. The annual spectacle, hosted by the Boom Boom Committee and sponsored by the City of Biloxi and Harrison County Board of Supervisors, will be visible from the beachfront between the Biloxi Lighthouse and the Biloxi Bay Bridge.

While both shows are conducted by professionals, it is still important to keep safety in mind while attending the celebrations. And, according to the National Fire Protection Association, “the only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show.”

Here are a few things to keep in mind: 

–When attending a fireworks show, wear light-colored clothing.

–When parking, park in designated parking areas. Do not park in the center median of U.S. 90. Respect private property.

–Be careful crossing roadways and cross only at designated locations such as a corner or crosswalk.

–If watching the fireworks shows from the beach, be mindful of the Least Terns colonies in the fireworks-free zone. The fireworks-free zone is located between Oak Street and the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.

–Think twice before taking your furry friend to a fireworks show. According to the ASPCA, pets can become frightened or disoriented by the sound so opt to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered, and escape-proof area at home.

–When leaving the shows, traffic may be heavy and slow-moving so be patient.

Biloxi Asst. Fire Chief Jason Earl Davis also reminds everyone to stay hydrated. “Even though the fireworks shows are at night, it will still be hot, “Chief Davis said. “And, if you are sensitive to load noises wear earplugs. Please remember to have fun, enjoy the shows, and keep a safe distance from fireworks.”

News & notes: Fireworks, Schooner, and more

Fireworks ordinance: It is unlawful to shoot fireworks within the city limits except for on July 4 as well as December 31 after 6 p.m. through 1 p.m. on January 1 and the first, second, and third day of Tet only in conjunction with the Dragon Dance, which requires a special permit from the Biloxi Fire Department.

Biloxi Schooner rides: Spectators can also take a ride aboard the Biloxi Schooner and watch the display from the Mississippi Sound. Tickets range from $20 to $40 and may be purchased Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum. To view the museum’s website, click here.

City offices: All non-emergency Biloxi municipal offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of the Fourth of July. The Biloxi Visitors Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that day.

Public Transit: Coast Transit Authority will use a Sunday schedule on the Fourth of July, Tuesday. Normal service will resume on Wednesday. CTA administrative offices will close at 3 p.m. on Monday and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Woolmarket Road closure: Woolmarket Road, east of the Lorraine Road intersection, will be closed Wednesday, July 5 so that crews can install a new water line. The closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Provisions will be in place for emergency vehicles only to pass through the work area. To see more about road closures, click here.