Fireworks light up the sky on Biloxi’s Back Bay
The Fourth of July is always a blast on the Mississippi Coast, but there are fireworks and events all weekend too, from the Crab Fest in Hancock County to the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in Gulfport.
Here’s the list:
▪ Ocean Springs — Fireworks and fun at Fort Maurepas Park and Front Beach. DJ will begin playing at 6 p.m. and fireworks start at about 8:45 p.m.
▪ Biloxi — Fireworks Extravaganza at MGM Park following the Biloxi Shuckers/Mobile Baybears game. This will be an extended postgame fireworks show presented by Merit Health Biloxi.
▪ Waveland — Beachside Fireworks. Festivities start at 8 a.m. and include a sand sculpting contest. Live music and food start at 2 p.m. with a fireworks show to end the evening.
▪ Gulfport — Fireworks at Jones Park start at 8:45 p.m. Personal fireworks-free area South of U.S. 90, from 15th Street to U.S. 49
— Parking is available for $5 per car in the Coast Transit parking garage at 2015 15th St., and the rooftop of the garage is reserved as an observation deck. No vehicles will be allowed on this floor and no grills, class containers, fireworks or weapons are allowed.
▪ Pascagoula — Fireworks at 8:40 p.m. at Pascagoula Beach Park. Listen to FM radio 93.7 during the fireworks for patriotic music. Spectators can watch from Beach Park, the new Amphitheater at The Point or anywhere along Beach Boulevard.
▪ Biloxi — Fireworks near the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, U.S. 90, start at 9 p.m. No fireworks allowed on the beach from Hard Rock Casino to Oak Street.
— Ride on the Biloxi Schooner to see the fireworks. Leaves the Schooner Pier at 367 Beach Blvd. 7-9:30 p.m. $40 for adults, $20 for children ages 3-12. 228-435-6320
— See the fireworks in Biloxi or Gulfport with Ship Island Excursions. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $27. Ship departs from Margaritaville Resort, 195 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi or Jones Park inside the Yacht Harbor on U.S. 90 at U.S. 49 for the Gulfport cruise. Details: 228-864-1014.
▪ Bay St. Louis — First Lighting Up Da Bay Fireworks presented by the Jourdan River Communities Association through local donations. Begins at 8:30 p.m. at Catfish Bayou on the Jourdan River at Bay St. Louis.
▪ Biloxi — Fireworks on Biloxi Back Bay, presented by IP Casino Biloxi and Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is produced by the same company that runs the show at the Biloxi Shuckers’ games. Watch from the top floor of IP parking garage and Scarlet Pearl’s bayside parking lot behind the casino.
Harrison County Sand Beach department will be working all four days of the holiday weekend to pick up litter and keep the beach in top form, said Chuck Loftis, Harrison County Sand Beach director. “I estimate that we will pick up about 10 tons of trash over the Independence Day weekend” he said, and he asks those who use the beach to pick up their debris.
Glass is prohibited on the beach. Fires on the beach are allowed only with a $25 permit, which can be obtained Monday-Friday at the Harrison County Sand Beach Department at 842 Commerce St., Gulfport.
▪ July 4-6 —Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival. Local food, live music, 100 arts and crafts booths, rides, raffles, crab races, along with crab, shrimp and catfish. 228 South Beach, Bay St. Louis 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free admission
▪ July 4-7 — Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo at Barksdale Pavilion in Jones Park U.S. 90 and 49, Gulfport. Contestants compete for cash and prizes in 30 categories and often break state records. The event has carnival rides, food and vendors and attracts 50,000 people every year. Gates open daily at noon. Admission is $5 per person, per day. Children 5 and younger free.
▪ July 5-14 — Grizzly Experience at Gulf Islands Waterpark in Gulfport. Get close to three Alaskan grizzly bears and learn about their species and what to do if you encounter a bear in the wild. Waterpark is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
▪ July 6 — Coastfest Car Show with more than 20 classes of cars plus music, food and military history. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10, free for under 5.
▪ Through Aug. 7 — “Lunaro,” a Cirque-style family production at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi.