Vicksburg’s July 4 festivities kick off Friday with tunes, fireworks|[06/28/08]

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 28, 2008

Vicksburg’s Independence Day celebration kicks off Friday evening with a concert by a Beach Boys tribute band to be followed by the annual fireworks show, and continues with performances by the Mid-South Navy Band on next Saturday and Sunday.

Washington, D.C.-based Still Surfin’ will take the stage on Levee Street at 7:30 Friday and will conclude their performance around dusk, at which point a 22-minute fireworks show will begin.

The fireworks display is expected to draw an estimated 12,000 people, said Vicksburg communication manager Barry Graham. The show costs roughly $25,000 and is paid for by the city and county, as well as commercial and private sponsors.

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“It’s one of the largest fireworks shows in the state, and it’s always packed downtown,” Graham said.

If you goFriday – 7:30 p.m., Still Surfin’, Beach Boys tribute band; 9 p.m., fireworks.July 5 – 6:30 p.m., Mid-South Navy Band Jazz Ensemble, Family Life Center Gym at First Baptist Church, 1607 Cherry St.July 6 – 3 p.m.; Mid-South Navy Band performance, followed by a cake and ice cream social; First Baptist Church, 1607 Cherry St.The Mid-South Navy Band is traveling to Vicksburg from Memphis to perform at First Baptist Church on Cherry Street. The next Saturday evening show will begin at 6:30 and will showcase the Navy band’s 18-member Jazz Ensemble, led by Chief Musician Jon Nelson. The members will perform big band favorites and contemporary compositions.

The July 6 Sunday afternoon concert will begin at 3 and will feature the full, 28-member Navy Band Wind Ensemble. The band is comprised of active duty sailors and is the largest among those performing throughout the Mid-South. Lt. Junior Grade David Latour is the band’s director. Featured guests will be retired Brig. Gen. Robert Crear, Jane Byrd Joseph and First Baptist pastor Matt Buckles. A cake and ice cream social will follow.