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Expanded fireworks show at Spirit of America Festival in Decatur

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – When it comes to the phrase ‘rain or shine’ most red-blooded Americans would certainly prefer the latter – especially on the 4th of July. But mother nature had different plans on Independence Day last year in the Tennessee Valley. Many venues had to content with flooding issues.

“I don’t recall one this good – we had a lot of rain last year,” explains park assistant manager James Brandon. “Typically it’s just hot and muggy.”

At 11:00 a.m. Friday the Point Mallard temperature gauge read 77 degrees. (Photo: David Wood, WHNT)

At 11:00 a.m. Friday the Point Mallard temperature gauge read 77 degrees. (Photo: David Wood, WHNT)

But besides lower humidity and clear skies there are some more changes to the Spirit of America Festival at Point Mallard Park in Decatur this year.

“This year they’ve moved the pageant. We don’t have it anymore but they have expanded the awards ceremony, they have a video presentation they’re going to do with the awards they hand out and they’ve expanded the fireworks tonight. It’s going to be 20 minutes long instead of the 10 or 15 it’s been in the past,” says Brandon.
Perfect weather, new water features like a lazy river and more fireworks? God bless America, indeed.
-Fireworks on July 4 at 9 p.m. at Point Mallard Park, as part of the Spirit of America Festival.  Read more about the various events.