Fireworks, First Friday kick off big holiday weekend

The Fourth of July fireworks on Thursday night at 9 will bring sparkle to the holiday weekend, and the next night, Biloxi Main Street’s monthly “Finally, First Friday” will keep music in the air throughout the downtown area.

“First Friday” will be this Friday in the Rue Magnolia and Water Street area. Attractions will include door prizes, entertainment, and drink and food specials.

The Blue Star Orchestra will play from 5 to 7:30 p.m. by at Margaret Tremmell Peresich Park, and Marsha and Mojo Band will entertain on the porch of Grant’s Menswear and Grant’s for Her, at Mary Mahoney’s, and the musical stylings of Richard Shropshire will be offered at Gallery 782 on Water Street.

Participating businesses, in a nod to the Independence Day holiday, will be adorned by colorful balloons, and will open their doors for extended hours, offering door prizes.

Other activities include an Art Show by Pat Abernathy and Beverly Dennis, a trunk fashion show featuring Designer Sami Lott presented by the Mississippi Craft Center, and a grand prize drawing at 7:30 p.m. for a $100 gift card to a downtown Biloxi business.

“Finally, First Friday” is presented on the first Friday of each month, rain or shine, to promote and showcase the downtown Biloxi arts district and its businesses.

About those fireworks: Rusty David of the Boom-Boom Committee says the Biloxi fireworks show will begin promptly at 9 p.m. on the Fourth of July, regardless of the weather. Remember: No parking in the center median on U.S. 90. Park only in parking bays. Expect traffic delays after the fireworks; be patient. For more information about the big show, click here.

The entire holiday lineup: You’ll find the Ringling and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, and, elsewhere, concerts by B.B. King, KC and the Sunshine Band, Earl Thomas Conley, and Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-a-While Band. For details on these events and to see the entire weekend lineup, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

News and notes

City holidays: Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5, for the Independence Day holidays. The Biloxi Visitors Center, however, will remain on its usual schedule.

City Council: The Biloxi City Council will face an agenda of a dozen issues when it meets Tuesday afternoon at 1:30. To see the agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Football golf: The Biloxi Football Golf Tournament will be Saturday, July 27 at the Sunkist Country Club, and you’re invited. For details on how you can enter, click here.