The fireworks show over Thurmond Lake will be even better this year, "and it was a great show" last year, according to Mike Carrington, the acting executive director of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce.
The show begins at about 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Georgia Highway 43 bridge. Fireworks will be launched from the Lincoln County side of the bridge at Amity, allowing good viewing on the McDuffie County side at Raysville.
The chamber had gathered donations of about $7,535 by Monday afternoon, and Carrington said he was confident that the chamber would reach its goal of $7,800.
"We're close enough; we're definitely gonna do it," Carrington said.
He said the chamber gathered about $4,500 in donations two years ago, when the economic crisis seized the country. The total was about $7,000 last year.
"I think we're the only over-the-water show this year," Carrington said. Two other events elsewhere on the lake were canceled this year.
He said parking will be available at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation area at Amityville and at the bridge.
"But probably 75 percent of the people come by water," he said.
Organizers will synchronize the fireworks with patriotic music on WTHO 101.7 FM and wtho.com.
Station manager Mike Wall said the selections of prerecorded patriotic music will be updated this year. "You can call it the 2011 remix," he said.
To donate, visit the chamber office at 149 Main St. in Thomson, or to mail contributions to that address.