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Fireworks back for holiday
Fireworks will light up the skies over Brunswick, St. Simons Island and - back after a year off - Jekyll Island this Fourth of July.

In the city, Heather Heath, executive director of the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, said the Old Fashioned Fourth of July will feature classic family fun at Mary Ross Waterfront Park.

"When you think about the Fourth of July, you think about family and fun and picnics, and here in historic downtown, we really get that feeling," Heath said. "We have that feeling of community, and it's all really simple and fun."

Local nonprofit Heather House will be on hand to sell picnic concessions.

"It begins at 7 p.m. and we'll have sack races, water balloon tosses - the usual type games," Heath said. "There'll be music and a dance party and, of course, we'll give away free watermelon."

The classic celebration will continue until the fireworks show around 9 p.m.

On St. Simons Island, the fireworks celebration at the pier will be the perfect ending for those hanging out in the Village on Wednesday, said Glynn County spokesperson Candice Temple.

"We'll have the fireworks as usual on that Wednesday, and, of course Neptune Park is packed," she said. "We launch off the pier, and we have it pretty much set where we have (the process) down."

Like other area displays, the St. Simons show will take place around dusk, Temple said. Earlier in the afternoon, the pier will be closed to pedestrians to set up the equipment.

As far as where to watch the fireworks, Temple suggests the Neptune Park Fun Zone, which will stay open later that evening.

"Pull up a chair or a blanket and watch," Temple said.

Georgia's jewel, Jekyll Island, is pleased to bring back its fireworks celebration, said Eric Garvey, chief communications officer for the Jekyll Island Authority, which operates the island.

"Our fireworks extravaganza will take place on the beach, so it will be a real treat for those visiting and for locals alike," Garvey said. "Of course, we'll need darkness so the show will begin around dusk."

Garvey said the best place to watch the show is from Great Dunes Park and recommends bringing blankets, chairs, bug spray -- anything to keep comfortable while watching the show.

Fireworks on the island were canceled last year due to the construction of the recently opened Jekyll Island Convention Center.

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