Fireworks bring sense of pride

Published 1:42 am Monday, July 9, 2007

By Staff
Pride and pleasure are two words that properly describe the feelings I had after the fireworks display in East Brewton on July 4.
I always enjoy fireworks, even if it's just a couple of sparklers held by giggling children in my own back yard. Enjoying a good holiday fireworks display is one of the things I enjoy the most. If you've ever enjoyed the fireworks at the close of the day at Disney World, then you'll understand why that fireworks display gives me a lump in the throat and makes my eyes misty.
However, there is something about the fireworks display in East Brewton last Wednesday that gave me a big sense of pride.
My family was lucky enough to have the company of relatives from Louisiana for the holiday. Sandra, Jaime, Colby and Jaylin were all on a visit from the big city of Houma for the July 4 holiday. I couldn't have been happier that they were here to enjoy the festivities of our little town.
After the display was complete, my family and I were walking back to our vehicles discussing our favorite part of the show. I made a comment to my niece that I thought it was a pretty good show for such a small town event.
I think she must have been impressed with the show as well since she commented on how nice it was. She also said Houma didn't have any kind of Fourth of July fireworks display. She said the town sometimes has a fair of some sort at the civic center, but never has fireworks for the holidays.
I watched the fireworks with them and heard &#8220oohs” and &#8220ahhs” from the children and even an &#8220oh my” or two by the adults in our group. I was beaming with pride and joy the whole time as the smoky arcs filled the East Brewton sky.
East Brewton Mayor Terry Clark was gracious and accommodating, even though the plans for the day were dampened early on by rain. Members of the Fort Crawford Committee never slowed down in their work to make sure that hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks and even snow cones were at the ready for those who chose to enjoy the holiday in East Brewton. Each one of the members and volunteers who made the event run smoothly did an outstanding job - another source of pride as visitors enjoyed the city.
My home address isn't in East Brewton, but I do live on that side of town. My child goes to a school in East Brewton and my husband teaches in East Brewton. We frequently shop at a grocery store, a pharmacy and a gas station in East Brewton. You can bet I use East Brewton services any chance I get. I'm proud to be from the East Brewton &#8220side of the tracks.”
Lisa Tindell is a news writer for The Brewton Standard. She may be reached by calling 867-4876 or by email at

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