With the upcoming July 4 holiday approaching, plans are being made for the annual free fireworks show at Raysville Marina.
This year, the show will be held Friday, July 2 at approximately 9:15 p.m. and will feature the 246 S. C. Army Band in a performance at the Raysville Boat Club at 7:30 p.m.
Jerry Williams, president of Raysville Boat Club, and a sponsor of the show, said money to offset the event is coming in.
"We have close to $5,000 in commitments so far," said Mr. Williams. "If this year is like recent ones, we will end up with close to $6,500 which has been the average for the past few years."
Mr. Williams did mention past shows have drawn close to $10,000 in contributions.
"Some mention past shows as being better shows. That's because contributions were higher and those contributions have leveled off in current years. If more money would be donated, there would be more fireworks," he said.
The typical 20-minute show attracts large numbers to the Raysville area to see the rockets red glare and celebrate the holiday with family and friends. Boats take to the water to view the fireworks and provide a twinkle across the water to underscore the air show.
Doug Pentecost, co-owner of Raysville Bait and Tackle, said security officers will be on hand as well as members of the Raysville Volunteer Fire Department.
"It's a great time to celebrate the USA and our freedom," said Mr. Williams. "With all the concerns with the war in Iraq, this would be a great way to show patriotism and remember the ones who fought and are fighting to keep our country safe and free."
Donations by individuals and businesses are being accepted and can be mailed to Raysville Fireworks Fund, P.O. Box 83, Thomson, Ga. 30824.