After last year’s fizzle, WR event hopes fireworks sizzle

awoolen@macon.comJune 27, 2014 

.38 Special will be the headlining act for Warner Robins’ Independence Day celebrations, happening Thursday at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

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Last year’s fireworks might have been a washout, but organizers won’t let the past damper their spirits about another celebration.

The International City Builders Fireworks Extravaganza will be held Thursday.

The 22-minute show is electronically set to music featuring a tribute to the U.S. Air Force bands, said Allen Chapman, part of the committee that put the celebration together. It will have jazz, orchestra and rock elements to the program.

“It’s a pyro-musical,” he said.

The best place to watch the fireworks is from McConnell-Talbert Stadium on Davis Drive.

Radio Birds and Georgia Flood will be the opening acts for .38 Special at the stadium. Live music will start about 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.

The show also will bring back Master Sgt. Frances Kness, who will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Kness was part of the former Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, which was scheduled to play last year for the Independence Day celebration before weather forced organizers to cancel the event.

“It’s a nice tie-in to our roots,” Chapman said.

A children’s area with inflatables will be available for a $5 admission fee. The concerts and fireworks are free.

“We will guarantee you’ll get your money’s worth,” Chapman said with a laugh.

Jay Flesher, of Flint Energies, another committee member, said because of budget constraints the show might not be the largest in the country.

However, the event will be among the first in the nation to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The Rockin’ Into the Night Glo Run, a 5k race, will start at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Both Flesher and Chapman hope to draw out a few hundred, if not a thousand, runners for the moonlight run.

“We can’t be the biggest but we can be the first,” Flesher said.

Independence Day Concert

When: 6 p.m. July 3

Where: McConnell-Talbert Stadium, 400 S. Davis Drive, Warner Robins

Cost: Free

Information: www.facebook.com/celebrate.robins

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