Celebrate July Fourth with a bang in Biloxi

There will be many ways to celebrate America’s Independence in Biloxi this week with events bursting with patriotic energy, and, of course, fireworks.

Here is a list of some activities taking place.

Fireworks at the ballpark

Celebrate the Fourth of July with an Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza at the Keesler Federal Park on Wednesday, July 3. The Biloxi Shuckers will host a night of patriotic fun and their largest fireworks show of the year following their game against the Mississippi Braves.

The game begins at 6:35 p.m. It is also Military Night with discounts for all military personnel.

Fireworks over the sound

Independence Day will be celebrated in Biloxi with the annual fireworks spectacular over the Mississippi Sound on Thursday, July 4. The show, hosted by the Boom Boom Committee, will begin at 9 p.m. with fireworks fired from a barge near Deer Island. The best viewing will be between the Biloxi Lighthouse and the Biloxi Bay Bridge. The fireworks show will be broadcast on 97.9 CPR.

 The annual show is hosted on July 4 each year and this year’s show is sponsored by the City of Biloxi and the Harrison County Board of Supervisors.

Fireworks cruise

Take a fireworks cruise aboard a Biloxi Schooner and watch the show from the water. The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will set sail on Thursday, July 4 at 7 p.m. from the Schooner Pier Complex, 367 Beach Blvd., and sail south of Deer Island for guests to watch the annual fireworks show. The cruise will return to the pier and dock around 9:30 p.m. Admission is $40 per adult and $20 for children (ages 3-12).
See the Fourth of July fireworks show post
Visit the Biloxi Shuckers online
Visit the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum online
See the July Community Calendar

News & notes: Reports, fireworks, closing, council, fireworks-free zone

The week that was: See an account of calls for service, permits, and city projects each week in the Weekly Reports section on the city’s website, biloxi.ms.us. To visit online, click here.

Fireworks, usually a no-no: Did you know that it is unlawful to shoot fireworks within the city limits? It is with a few exceptions. According to city ordinance, fireworks can only be shot on July 4 as well as Dec. 31 after 6 p.m. through 1 p.m. on Jan. 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.

An 1870 celebration: Check out the July BNews Monthly for a read about a Fourth of July celebration in 1870 in Biloxi. Errol Bradley, a longtime owner and an agent of the Errol Bradley State Farm Insurance, submitted a condensed version of the story “Fourth of July At Biloxi: 1870” that appeared in the New Orleans Times on Wednesday, July 6, 1870. To see the newsletter, click here.

Closings: All non-emergency city offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Offices will reopen to the public on Monday, July 8. However, the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. will be open during the holiday.

City Council: The Biloxi City Council will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 2 at 6 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. The meeting will be streamed live, just click the LIVE tab on the top right of the city’s website, and it will be recorded and posted on the city’s YouTube channel. To see the agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Fireworks-free zone: A fireworks-free zone will be marked off on the beach on July 4. The zone, which Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich introduced in 2016, will stretch along the beach from Oak Street to the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. To see the map, click here.