Jackson mayor treats residents to a spectacular pre-4th of July

The inaugural Fireworks Extravaganza put on by the City of Jackson was spectacular! Fire Dept. officials had to close the gates an hour into the program July 3 because of the enormous crowd. There were literally no more seats available at Smith Wills Stadium to accommodate residents. In its first year, the event has already outgrown its location. Hats and shoes off to the Department of Parks and Recreation for coordinating the event, in particular, Pamela Jackson and her supervisor, Eric Strothers. Vendors were appreciative for the opportunity to sell snow cones, special fruit drinks, candy apples, popcorn and other food items, as well as glow-in-the-dark night sticks, hats, seat cushions and jewelry. For sure, they will all be back next year. Entertainment was provided by hip hop artists McKenzie Ellis and Noo Noo, R&B soloists Terrell Moses and Vic Allen, College Hill Baptist Church Praise Dance Team, Blazzing Diverettes, Protege Jackson Allstars, Ladies of Sparkle and Xtreme Creations. Opera star DeAnna Tisdale sang the National Anthem. But it was the 20-minute high energy fireworks display that stole the show! (Advocate photos: Alice Thomas-Tisdale)

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