Belle Glade celebrates the Fourth on the third

Not since perhaps the famous bicentennial celebrating America’s birthday has the city of Belle Glade had a fireworks display observing the Fourth of July.

It is that fact that makes Brenda Bunting, executive director of the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce, happy to be a part of this year’s celebrations. There is one small catch, though, the fireworks show will take place on the third of July, not the fourth.

According to Mrs. Bunting, the city was delighted to receive a grant from the H.E. Hill Foundation to support a fireworks show locally, but when it came time to book a fireworks show, all of the fireworks companies were booked solid.

That isn’t a detail that will be hampering anyone’s attitudes toward the event anytime soon. The chamber of commerce, in partnership with the city of Belle Glade, is moving forward with finalizing the last-minute details of the event, which promises to offer local families a unique venue for celebrating the national holiday.

It promises to be much more than just a fireworks show, and Mrs. Bunting, a seasoned Black Gold Jubilee volunteer, decided the event should be as good as any event they have planned.

“The Hill Foundation approached us that they would like to see a fireworks show in Belle Glade, and gave us a substantial donation [for making that happen],” said Mrs. Bunting. “Then we decided, why not make it bigger and better? Why not have entertainment, children’s activities?”

There started the work to launch the city’s first July Celebration Fireworks Show at the Belle Glade Marina on Torry Island. It is shaping up to be a nice event for people of all ages, and is focusing on a familial atmosphere.

“We’ve got food vendors coming, a couple of local acts that will sing patriotic songs, some bounce houses, face painting, and a little train for the kids,” said Mrs. Bunting.

One of the key performers of the night will be the Motowners, who will be hitting the stage at 7 p.m. The fireworks show itself will begin around 9 p.m., Mrs. Bunting reports. Event goers are encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets to enjoy the show.

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