Biloxi fireworks: See the show, hear the music

Biloxi’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show has gained a reputation over the years as being one of the biggest in the Southeast, organizers say, but ¬†the annual production is also a musical affair.

Admirers of fireworks displays and patriotic music can get both on Saturday night, beginning at 9, when the city’s annual fireworks display is set to begin off a barge near Deer Island. Best viewing is from the Biloxi Lighthouse eastward to the Biloxi Bay Bridge, and best listening is on Bob 105.9.

This year’s display is scheduled to be 18 minutes long, and and is again sponsored by Boom-Boom Committee, which raises private and public money to stage the show, purported to be the ¬†largest you’ll find between Port Arthur, Texas and Jacksonville, Fla.

And the music will be “everything from straight-ahead patriotic music, and including Neil Diamond, John Mellencamp, and orchestral patriotic music,” said Wayne Watkins of Bob ¬†105.9, who has been in radio for 40 years (more than ¬†20 years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast). “I worked with the fireworks company going back to the ’70s, when we did shows at Pontchartrain Beach.”

A few things to remember: If you’re planning to attend the firework show, park in parking bays only. Do not park in the center median of U.S. 90. Wear light-colored clothing. Be careful crossing U.S. 90. Drive defensively. On the drive home, traffic will be heavy and slow moving; be patient.
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