Crowd pleaser: Large crowd turns out for Freedom Fest

Crowd pleaser: Large crowd turns out for Freedom Fest

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Richard Greene

Chantelle Hood arrived around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to pick out a shady spot near a tree in front of Grace Fellowship in Paradise.

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Inside the Frame for July 4, 2018

Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018
By Joe Duty

Always love shooting fireworks. The challenge every year is the fact that lighting changes so dramatically from location to location and you can't really fine-tune your settings till the fireworks start going off.

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Fourth Fest: Locals brave heat for Runaway Bay parade

Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Despite the blistering heat, golf carts began to line up outside the Runaway Bay Volunteer Fire Department Saturday evening for the city's 42nd annual Fourth Fest Parade.

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Kaboom: Temps cool for electric show

Kaboom: Temps cool for electric show

Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018
By Richard Greene

Sitting with her daughters, who were dressed in patriotic red, white and blue, Nadia Meador waited for the fireworks at Victory Church in Decatur Sunday night.

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Hot, dry 4th; Officials urge caution as holiday approaches

Hot, dry 4th; Officials urge caution as holiday approaches

Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018
By Richard Greene

As the Fourth of July approaches, dry conditions in Wise County continue to worsen, prompting officials to ask citizens to use extreme caution with fireworks.

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Sunday night freedom show

Sunday night freedom show

Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017
By Joe Duty

Members of the Cook and Tune families of Decatur get together before the show.

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Community invited to Freedom Fest

Published Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise is having a free fireworks show at Freedom Fest, Monday, July 3, from 6 until after dark.

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Celebrate safely

Celebrate safely

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017
By David Talley

On a weekend when many Wise County residents will be celebrating Independence Day, many of Wise County's law enforcement officers are encouraging heightened awareness and safety.

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Victory’s fireworks set for Sunday

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017
By Messenger Staff

This year you can support veterans and enjoy a good time at Victory Family Church's fireworks display.

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Bay plans festive Fourth

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017
By Messenger Staff

The Greater Runaway Bay Alliance's Fourth Fest and Fireworks Scramble kicks off this Saturday with a golf tournament and ends with fireworks.

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Red, white and boom

Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016
By Joe Duty

Victory Family Church in Decatur hosted its annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration Sunday, July 3.

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Runaway patriots

Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016
By Joe Duty

Every July 4 families from the Runaway Bay area decorate their golf carts to participate in the city's unique Independence Day parade.

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Fireworks show gives back to veterans

Published Saturday, July 2, 2016
By David Talley

For five years, Victory Church's annual Fireworks Over Decatur event has been an Independence Day tradition for many Wise County families.

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Don’t let the Fourth fizzle, celebrate safely

Published Saturday, July 2, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

The buzz of boat motors will echo across Lake Bridgeport this weekend as lake enthusiasts celebrate the Fourth of July.

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Fourth of July festivities

Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016
By Joe Duty

The Fourth of July is Monday, and people across Wise County are preparing for a weekend of festivities.

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Happy, quiet 4th; Few incidents reported over holiday weekend

Published Wednesday, July 8, 2015
By Richard Greene

Wise County celebrated the nation's 239th birthday with a bang and splash Saturday as many residents lit fireworks and headed to the lake.

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Light up the night: Firework stands prep for Fourth

Light up the night: Firework stands  prep for Fourth

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Racey Burden

With a less restrictive burn ban, workers at local firework stands anticipate greater sales than last year.

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Officials caution revelers to celebrate safely

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Richard Greene

Sunny hot weather is expected to bring out people in droves to Lake Bridgeport for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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