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Fourth of July in the Crossroads: Fireworks, events offer fun

In honor of the July 4 holiday, Shiloh National Military Park will present cannon firing demonstrations this weekend. The cannon firing demonstrations will take place on Saturday as well at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

BY ZACK STEEN

zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

Crossroads area fireworks shows and patriotic events are plentiful this holiday.

Thursday has a handful of fireworks displays to enjoy in both Alcorn County and at Pickwick Lake, while a slate of other festive Fourth of July events take place through the weekend.

Farmington

There isn't anything more patriotic than the roar of a cannon firing.

Such is part of the annual Community Wide July 4th Celebration presented by Central Church of Farmington on Thursday.

The free to the public event will kick off at 4 p.m. and include party jumpers and other games for kids, as well as hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn. The firing of a cannon will also take place prior to the fireworks show beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The church is located on Central School Road in the Farmington area.

Pickwick Lake

The annual fireworks show over Pickwick Lake will begin at 9 p.m. on Thursday.

According to organizers, fireworks will be shot from Sandy Beach near Pickwick Landing Dam, leaving the lake and surrounding areas as ideal locations for spectators.

Hardin County CVB again this year has contracted with High-Tech Special Effects, Inc. to coordinate the $20,000 show.

In addition to the 9 p.m. show, the Friends of Pickwick Landing State Park will be hosting all day fun around the Inn and circle beach area. Food and craft vendors will be set up as well as ranger-led activities.

Parking will be allowed on the south side (lake side) of the levee and prohibited on the north.

Inside the park, spectators may enjoy views from around the Inn area, Circle Beach, from the golf course hillside bank, the playground and shelter one hillside bank areas. Traffic in and out of The Circle will be closed to all but emergency traffic beginning at 6 p.m. Sandy Beach will be closed at 7 p.m. to all spectators.

Tishomingo County

A large fireworks display is planned for Mill Creek in Tishomingo County on Friday.

A community tradition for some, the show will get started at 9 p.m. In the event of weather, the show will move to Saturday.

Shiloh

More cannons can be heard this weekend at Shiloh National Military Park in West Tennessee.

In honor of the July 4 holiday, the park will present cannon firing demonstrations throughout the day.

Park Superintendent Dale Wilkerson said the scheduled firing demonstrations will be presented by the Shiloh cannon crew, firing a six-pounder gun, across the street from the park visitor center.

The cannon firing demonstrations will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

"Each program will last approximately 30-minutes, and interpret the weapons, projectiles and procedures Civil War artillery crews used during the war," said Wilkerson.

The museum and bookstore at Shiloh Battlefield will also be open during normal operating hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Iuka

Hosted by a family in Iuka, the Hill Top Fireworks Show is set for Saturday with a showtime of 9:15 p.m. The display will happen across from Lambert's Hardware in Iuka.

Tishomingo

The small town's annual Street Dance and Fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday in downtown Tishomingo.

Grand Harbor

Another Pickwick Lake show, the 18th Annual Sizzle on the River Fireworks Extravaganza is Saturday night.

The show will begin at 9 p.m. at Grand Harbor Marina in Iuka.