Belle Glade Sun

Pahokee to host Fourth of July fireworks

The city of Pahokee is looking forward to another successful Fourth of July Fireworks Show this Saturday over Lake Okeechobee.

According to Director of Community Development/Grants Erica Washington, the city will be hosting the fireworks show at the Pahokee Marina, as is the tradition, and welcomes spectators from near and far to watch the fireworks light up the lake.

The fireworks show is a longtime tradition for the city of Pahokee that normally attracts anywhere from 800 to 1,000 spectators. This year the show will be focused on only the fireworks. Ms. Washington said the city does not have plans to feature vendors or other activities.

Ms. Washington reported that the fireworks show will commence at 9 p.m.

The show is made possible thanks to a generous donation by the Howard E. Hill Foundation in Belle Glade. It is the third year the foundation — one of the Glades area’s most active sponsors – has made funding available to support Pahokee’s fireworks show.

In a conversation with The Sun Newspaper, Jennifer Earnest, vice president of the foundation, said the group was focused on community togetherness as it considered donating not only to Pahokee, but to Belle Glade as well.

“We wanted something that was not about a cause other than our community getting together and celebrating Independence Day,” said Ms. Earnest.

This year’s donations also made it possible for the city of Belle Glade to host their own fireworks show for the first time.

According to Ms. Earnest, the foundation approached that city with funding after seeing first-hand the rehabilitation work at the Belle Glade Marina.

The hope is that the fireworks event will bring awareness to, and continue marketing, Torry Island to visitors.

Because Belle Glade received its funding later in the year, it was unable to secure a fireworks company for the show on the Fourth of July. Instead, Belle Glade is planning to hold its event the day before, July 3, at the Belle Glade Marina.

The Belle Glade event will host vendors and activities, along with a fireworks show at 9 p.m.