Fire on the Mountain to celebrate July 4
By Billy Stidham
For nearly a dozen years the popular “Fire on the Mountain” fireworks show has lit up the sky above Saunders Heights in Berryville, and the tradition will continue this year.
The fireworks show will begin between dusk and dark, around 9 p.m., on Thursday, July 4.
“Many people enjoy watching the display from the fairgrounds, but the show can be seen from front lawns across Berryville,” said Steve Johnson, executive director of the Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce, who called the display “world class.”
Leading up to the show, the Junior Chamber of Commerce will be holding a fundraiser for scholarships by selling concession items at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.
“This event has become a summer tradition for family and friends to get together for a backyard barbecue, and enjoy fireworks together. People come to Berryville from far and wide to enjoy our 4th of July spectacular,” Johnson said.
In previous years veterans from the senior center as well as Berryville youth discussed what the holiday means to them, accompanied by patriotic music.
“Its really touching to hear those stories,” Johnson said.
This year’s event will feature patriotic art from children participating int the Berryville Community Center’s summer youth program.
Johnson said the Chamber is working hard over the next two weeks to seek contributions from local business owners and area residents to help offset the cost of the event.
“The more we are able to raise, the better the fireworks show we’ll get to enjoy. We’re hoping local businesses and residents can help us raise money to make this the most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show ever,” Johnson said.
The City of Berryville has designated a fireworks fund and will handle the contributions for complete transparency. Checks can be made out to the City of Berryville and mailed to City Hall or to the Berryville Chamber office located at 506 S. Main St. Donations can also be picked up by Chamber members. Those wishing to have their donations collected must call the Chamber office at (870) 423-3704.
“If people have the desire they can donate any amount however small,” said Johnson.
“The 4th of July is an American holiday that allows us all a chance to reflect on our freedom as Americans,” Johnson said. “It’s a way we come together as a community and celebrate Berryville and the United States.”