City to again host fireworks-free zone

Those attending Biloxi’s annual Fourth of July fireworks will again be able to enjoy a fireworks-free zone from Oak Street to the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.

The mile-long stretch of beachfront – part of eight miles of beachfront in Biloxi  – will be exclusively for watching the city fireworks show, which begins at 9 p.m. on July 4. The show, which the organizing Boom-Boom Committee says is scheduled to run for approximately 25 minutes, will be fired from a barge near Deer Island.  Best viewing is from the Biloxi Lighthouse eastward to the Biloxi Bay Bridge and the best listening is on Bob 105.9.

“We had a great positive response to our fireworks-free zone last year,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said.  “Families were able to enjoy the fireworks without distraction or worry about being hit by someone else shooting fireworks nearby. And they will get to enjoy that again this year.”

A fireworks bonus: The sky over the Bay of Biloxi will be lit up on Saturday, July 1, when IP Casino Resort and Scarlet Pearl Casino present a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

See it from a schooner:  You can see the fireworks shows from the water, aboard a Biloxi schooner. The schooner will sail for the shows on July 1 and July 4. Seats are $40 for adults for $20 for children ages 3-12. Passengers can bring their own food and refreshments aboard; ice chests and ice are provided.  For reservations: Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, 228-435-6320. 


News and notes

Council images:  The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday held their last meeting of the month Tuesday at Biloxi City Hall.  To see images from the meeting, click here.

R U Ready: If you missed the “R U Ready?” sessions last week, there’s a seven-minute video filmed at the last installment,  at the Joppa Shrine Center. To hear from representatives of the participating agencies, click here.

Salute to the Military:  The Parks & Recreation Department will hold its annual Salute to the Military Seniors Patriotic Dance on Friday from noon to 2 p.m.  Adults ages 55 and older can attend for free and enjoy music, food, and more.  To see the flyer, click here

“FoFo,” the first time: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and members of the City Council will be sworn in for the new four-year term this evening at 6 at the Saenger Theater. Doors to the theater will open at 5:30 p.m. for the public ceremony. Meanwhile, to see the mayor’s inaugural address from May 20, 2015, click here.

Beginner tennis: The  city and the Mississippi Tennis Association are hosting an affordable Beginner Tennis Clinic at Hiller Park this summer, and you’re invited. The only catch: You need to register by Saturday. .For background and registration information, click here.