It’s been too long since we have had a 4th of July fireworks celebration in Petal. We WILL have one this year and it will be bigger and better than ever because we will be joining our friends across the river. For the first time in recent memory, the City of Petal, the City of Hattiesburg and the Forrest County Board of Supervisors are sponsoring an event together along with presenting sponsor Coca Cola. The Star Spangled Celebration on the River is organized by the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce and the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association with a goal to bring visitors from across the area to our cities and to offer a first class, family friendly event for all to enjoy.
It is a truly unique event offering two locations across the river from each other. Let’s call it dueling fireworks! In Hattiesburg the event is located at Chain Park and in Petal it will be at the Petal River Park. Each side of the river will have live music, food vendors, beverages and each side will have a simultaneous fireworks display over the river at 9:00 pm. One difference is that the Petal side of the river will remain alcohol free while the Hattiesburg side will have beer sales on site.
From the chamber’s point of view, this is about more than fireworks. It’s about two cities and the county cooperating together. It’s about promoting a great natural resource, the Leaf River. It’s about introducing visitors to Chain Park and the Petal River Park. Both are wonderful parks that are virtually unknown and under utilized. It’s about the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce and the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association joining forces to organize an event that is all inclusive and which benefits both cities and organizations. Finally, it’s about pride. Pride for our country, our state, our county, our cities and our quality of life here.
Sponsorships are available for the celebration as well as opportunities for select vendors. Call the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce for more information. 601-583-3306.