BELFRY, Ky. – For more than 34 years the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department (BVDD) has been holding its annual 4th of July fireworks show for the entire region.
Now dubbed “Thunder in the Valley,” Chief Nee Jackson said he and his fellow firefighters are working to provide another colorful display this Friday night, July 3, starting at 10:05 p.m.
The annual fireworks show was started by Jackson’s late father Rexel Jackson, who was the longtime chief of the BVFD.
“The first time we held them was at the Hardy Park,” Jackson recalls. “Then we moved to the South Side Mall.”
“We have always had our show on July 3rd so that the firefighters and others can enjoy the 4th of July holiday with their families,” Jackson said. The celebration kicks off the holiday a little early on the night before the national birthday of the United States.
“We’ve shot at different sites around the mall,” Jackson said. “We held it in conjunction with the South Side Mall’s Midnight Madness.”
Thousands come out every year to watch the fireworks display. People park on the mall hill and all along the highway. Many get there early to get a good spot and even tailgate with friends and family.
“People travel from all around the area,” Jackson added. “We always enjoy doing the fireworks and hope to give the best show we can.”
Jackson said the fireworks show costs about $9,000. This amount helps purchase the fireworks and pay for insurance. The money is donated by individuals, businesses and through the “boot days” the volunteer firemen have.
“We’ll be out this Friday at 6:00 a.m. to around 8:30 p.m. collecting at the intersections,” Jackson said.
Jackson stressed that the money collected for the fireworks is not the same as that taken in for dues.
The BVFD will also hold a hot dog sale Friday evening near the U.S. Bank along U.S. 119 below the mall. They will be selling hot dogs, chips and drinks and the proceeds will go toward paying for the fireworks.
“We hope everyone comes out and enjoys the show,” Jackson concluded. “We enjoy holding this event and hope to continue it in the future.”
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)