City to again offer fireworks-free zone

Fireworks fans will again be able to enjoy the city’s Fourth of July fireworks presentation on east beach without the fear of being hit with fireworks.

The fireworks-free zone, which Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich introduced in 2016, occupies the area between Oak Street and the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, a mile-long stretch of the eight miles of beachfront in Biloxi. Signs will notify beachgoers and police will be on hand to enforce the no-fireworks zone.

The idea actually came from longtime tourism leader Linda Hornsby, who also pointed out the idea helps keep the beach free of fireworks debris.

“We’ve had nothing but positive feedback since we launched this,” Gilich said. “It’s great for families and really anyone to come down to this fireworks-free zone and know they can enjoy the fireworks without distraction or worry about being hit by someone else shooting fireworks nearby.”

The Fourth of July fireworks show will be prefaced by a Tuesday night show at MGM Park, after the Shuckers-BayBears baseball game. 
See a map of the fireworks-free zone
Find out more about the Shuckers show


Get ready for an encore, Back Bay fireworks fans

The thunderstorms may have kept a host of fireworks fans from seeing the fireworks show over Back Bay Sunday night, but there’s good news: IP and Scarlet Pearl have announced that an encore presentation will be Saturday, July 7 at 9 p.m.

“With the unfortunate bad weather, we know our local community members and their families were unable to enjoy the beautiful fireworks show on July 1,” said Duncan McKenzie of IP and Luann Pappas of Scarlet Pearl. “We invite everyone to enjoy this encore celebration on July 7 at 9 p.m.”

The fireworks show, which is produced by Pyro Shows, the same firm that stages the Shuckers post-game shows, will be free and can be seen from locations around both casinos, including the top floor of the IP parking garage and the Scarlet Pearl’s Back Bay parking lot.

Those interested can bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no outside fireworks will be allowed at either casino.
See images from the July 1 show


News & notes: Weekly review; council; traffic

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 165 calls for service, including 99 medical emergencies and seven fires; the Police Department handled 2,375 calls for service; the Community Development Department issued 57 building permits with a construction valuation of more than $1 million;  and the Engineering Department continued to progress on projects throughout the city.  To see the reports covering last week, click here. 

City council:  The Biloxi City Council will hold its first meeting of July 2018 on Tuesday evening at 6 at Biloxi City Hall.  To see the agenda and supporting documents, click here

Traffic:  To see the latest traffic advisories and road closures, click here