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Fourth of July events happening around the Big Bend, South Georgia

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 12:04:07-04

(WTXL) — Even as the coronavirus pandemic forces cancellations of fireworks shows and other large gatherings across the country, people in our region are still finding ways to celebrate this Independence Day.

Here's a list of some of the things happening in our area:


The city of Marianna is hosting their annual fireworks celebration at the MERE Complex on July 3.

The show starts at 9 p.m. Attendees are also encouraged to listen to WJAQ Radio 100.9 FM before and during the fireworks.

Free Parking is available at the MERE Complex, Marianna High School, MHS Baseball Field, and MHS Football Field.

To reserve a parking space in advance, you have to fill out the form here. Reserved parking spots cost $30.


The city of Live Oak will host a drive-in fireworks event starting at 7 p.m. on July 4.

To see the fireworks, officials recommend that attendees park at the three locations highlighted in the map below.

The show will also be broadcast live on the Live Oak CRA's Facebook page here. at 7 p.m. You can also tune in to WMLO-LP 97.1 FM to hear the program.


The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority's annual fireworks show will begin at nightfall between 9:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on July 4.

Attendees are encouraged to watch the fireworks on the mall side of I-75, between exits 16 and 18, but do not stop on the interstate or the interstate ramps to see the show. Families should arrive early to find parking.

The show is free to view. Attendees are asked to follow social distancing rules.

If weather disrupts the event, officials say they will reschedule the fireworks for Sunday, July 5th at nightfall if needed.

For more information, click here.


The City of Bainbridge is hosting a drive-in fireworks show at Earle May Boat Basin at 100 Boat Basin Circle.

The show will start at 9:45 p.m. on July 4. The parking lot at the Earle May Boat Basin will open at 9 p.m.

Attendees are asked to stay in their vehicles to watch the show. To hear the synchronized music, tune into Live 101.9.

If you're worried about parking, city officials say there's parking at the Bill Reynolds Sports Park.