Friday, June 22, 2018

Independence Celebration at the Rez


Independence Holiday starts with a bang
At Barnett Reservoir

Traditionally, the Fourth of July Weekend usually ends with a bang. Not this year, at least not at Barnett Reservoir where the area’s best fireworks show will be lit at 9 p.m. on Saturday June 30 over the 33,000-acre lake northeast of Jackson.

A highlight of the annual Barnett Reservoir Foundation Independence Celebration and RezFest, the dual - and dueling - fireworks show will be launched from both sides of The Rez, with a patriotic music soundtrack simulcast on MISS 103 FM.

Events are scheduled at both Lakeshore Park in Rankin County and at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, with both offering the best viewing of the fireworks.

At Lakeshore Park, the Foundation, teaming with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, hosts the Fenders and Fireworks Classic Car Show beginning at 4 p.m.

The music lineup on the stage at Lakeshore Park has Andrew Pates and Friends from 6:00 to 9 p.m.
At Old Trace Park, the day starts at 8 a.m. with the fun Splash ’N’ Dash run sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. Later, Hairicane will rock Old Trace from 6:00 to 9 p.m.

Another highlight of the event will be a flyby by vintage military warplanes at 6 p.m., with several passes down the lake giving both parks a nice view.

Several food vendors will be present in both parks throughout the event, and each park will have a beer garden hosted by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.

All events are free.

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is private non-profit organization that supports the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, a state agency that oversees operation of Barnett Reservoir.

For more information on PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir, visit
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