Civic Forum ready for July 4th fireworks

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Ryan Scott Ottney


PDT Staff Writer


The Fourth of July fireworks show in Portsmouth is just around the corner. Activities this year are planned along the Ohio River, near the Grant Bridge, on July 4.


The Civic Forum has been hosting the Portsmouth fireworks since the group started in 1950. Today more than 18,000 people fill the area to watch the fireworks display each year. This year’s show will begin on Thursday, July 4, with a concert by Mighty Fine at the Ohio River sound stage at 7 p.m. The band will play until 10 p.m., when the fireworks begin.


Gene Arms, of the Civic Forum, said the fireworks used to be set off from a barge in the river, but for the past three years they have been set off from the Kentucky bank of the Ohio River.


In addition to the music and fireworks, concessions and vendors will also be available along the river.


Arms also reminds visitors that fireworks are for the skies, not your hands; he asks people not to being sparklers to the show. Sparklers, he said, burn quick but also burn hot — at about 1,800 degrees. In such a crowded area, they are very dangerous and could seriously burn someone. He said security will be confiscating sparklers found at the show.


In the event of rain, Arms said the show will be moved to Friday, July 5, at the same time.


Ryan Scott Ottney may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Ryan on Twitter @PDTwriter.

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