The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


June 26, 2013

Hundreds sign up for Grand Illumination


Many states have far more than the minimum 100 luminaries.

The Iowa monument on the south loop of VNMP will have 2,433 luminaries, and the Illinois Memorial on the north loop of VNMP will have 2,417.

"It's just going to be breathtaking. It's so beautiful," Averett said. "It's going to be a great commemoration,"

More than 300 people have volunteered to place the luminaries, but volunteers are still being sought, she said.

"The more we have the faster it will go, so we certainly are accepting more," she said.

Volunteers also are being sought to work the night of the Grand Illumination to help monitor traffic flow and the morning of July 4th to remove the luminaries, she said.

The City of Vicksburg fireworks show and concert and a fundraiser for the Old Court House Museum also will be July 4th. The Fourth of July at the Old Court House event begins at 6 p.m. with hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks for sale and proceeds benefiting the museum, said museum curator Bubba Bolm.

The west lawn of the Old Court House also will be available for viewing fireworks that start at 9 p.m. over the Yazoo Diversion Canal.


If you go

. 7 p.m., Mr. Sipp to perform during the Red White and Blues concert in front of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Station, 1010 Levee St. The concert will also feature a tribute to Vicksburg native Willie Dixon.

. 9 p.m., fired from a barge on the Yazoo Diversion Canal.

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