Last year it was COVID-19, and this year it is the weather. Last year’s Independence Day celebration was somewhat limited due to pandemic guidelines. In place of the usual live music, WRBE Radio Station provided entertainment. This year there is a 70-percent chance or greater of thunderstorms during the afternoon, so the live music show has been canceled. The highlight of the day, the fireworks display will go on as scheduled, beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, with spectator parking in the Market Place Mall and surrounding parking lots, according to police chief Kellum Fairley. Weather forecast could dampen Independence Day plans It is a fast-paced show and lasts about 20 to 30 minutes, according to Fairley. The show is regarded as one of the best in the area with people from Alabama and the Mississippi Gulf Coast attending each year. It will be about the same display the community has enjoyed for the past several years. The $10,000 display is largely funded by community donations, fundraising by the Lucedale Police Department and donations from local businesses and community groups. Lucedale Police will be on hand to accept donations for next year’s show, assist with parking and traffic control. The event traditionally draws about 10,000 spectators, Fairley said.

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