HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - In the Tennessee Valley, the fireworks display at Joe Davis Stadium has been a beloved tradition for years. But with the Huntsville Stars long gone, would the show go on?
Our newsroom received countless calls and emails this week asking that very question. One reason, the sign along Memorial Parkway said 'Fireworks July 3.'
With the stadium silent now that the Huntsville Stars have moved away and changed names as well, who would host this year's festivities? WHNT News 19 took action to get to the bottom of this.
We called city officials -- they were stumped. We contacted Willowbrook Baptist Church, which has hosted various large-scale events at Joe Davis in the past. They said they weren't doing them.
We even contacted major fireworks suppliers throughout the state. They weren't hosting a fireworks display there. Just as the investigation began to fizzle, a break in the case courtesy the Stars, rather, the Biloxi Shuckers.
Earlier this year, the team was still in town to start the 2015 season, and officials planned to host the explosive event yet again. But then, the Shuckers moved south. In their haste, they left behind this misleading lettering.
So as you set your Independence Day itinerary, don't plan to visit the ballpark if you want to see fireworks. There won't be any at Joe Davis this year.