Fourth was ‘cool’ fun

Published 7:25 pm Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hundreds of people enjoyed cool temperatures, good music and a large fireworks display at the Earle May Boat Basin Sunday night as part of Bainbridge’s Fourth of July celebration.

Although the Boat Basin wasn’t quite as packed with people as in previous years when the Bainbridge City Council hired big-name talent to perform, there were still many families, couples, party-goers and others out enjoying the United States’ birthday. Others enjoyed the fireworks from boats floating on the Flint River or across the river at an open field in front of the Sheriff’s Department on Spring Creek Road.

“I thought the crowd was good,” said City Manager Chris Hobby. “These days, people are looking for good, free entertainment, and I think that’s what Sunday’s event provided.”

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With a steady breeze keeping temperatures in the 70s and a pretty sun setting behind the Boat Basin, conditions were amenable to a good time for all. A last-minute addition, the River Blue Band performed a variety of classic and Southern rock songs for approximately 90 minutes.

“They called us last Wednesday after hearing there wasn’t going to be entertainment,” Hobby said. “They were willing to play for free and provide their own sound system—we couldn’t turn down their offer.”

No significant traffic or crowd control problems were reported on Sunday night, Hobby said. As it has in previous years, the City Council contracted with Melrose Pyrotechnics of Cawtaba, S.C., to put on the fireworks display.