The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 3, 2014

Section of U.S. 31 to close during Athens fireworks show

For The News Courier

— Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said officers will close U.S. 31 between Forrest Street and Elm Street on Friday, July 4, during the Fourth of July Fireworks Show.

The show is expected to start sometime between 8:30 and 9 p.m. and will last about 20 minutes.

After the show ends, motorists parked on the east side of U.S. 31 will have to exit to the east. Motorists parked on the west side of U.S. 31 will have to exit to the west.

"Please use caution in this area because we will have an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 spectators, and there will be groups tailgating, including families with children," Johnson said.

Athens Fire and Rescue and Athens Police remind citizens that the use of fireworks is prohibited inside the city limits, except for permitted shows.