The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 28, 2013

Fireworks will sparkle over Athens July Fourth

— The Athens Fireworks Show, hosted by the Athens-Limestone Tourism Association, will begin at dusk July Fourth at Athens High School.

Bring a chair or blanket for seating. The stands will not be open.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said officers will direct traffic at the intersections on U.S. 31 between Forrest and Elm streets. Those who park on the west side of U.S. 31 between those two streets will have to go south after the show. Those who park on the east side of U.S. 31 will have to go north.

“Many of our citizens and citizens from surrounding areas enjoy tailgating together and watching the show,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “It’s a free event and a safe way to enjoy fireworks.”

Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Tony Kirk reminds city residents that it is illegal to shoot fireworks inside the city limits except for permitted public shows, such as the Athens Fireworks Show. He said fireworks can quickly start a fire, especially in the hay fields ready to harvest.