Fireworks light up the sky above Berwick Bay in this 2013 photo. More fireworks are planned for Thursday night. (The Daily Review file photo)
Fourth of July party, fireworks show set
A Fourth of July party in Morgan City and fireworks show over Berwick Bay are slated for Thursday.
Morgan City’s Independence Day Celebration, Party in the Park, will take place 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday in Lawrence Park. Driftwood will play music in the park during the event that also includes burgers, barbecue plate dinners, soft drinks, popsicles and cold beer for sale.
Officials will close the La. 182 bridge over Berwick Bay at 8:30 p.m. to allow pedestrians to walk on the bridge and view the fireworks show that starts at 9 p.m.
Both the Morgan City and Berwick riverfronts are closed to the public due to the high water, but people may view the fireworks from the floodwall balcony in each community.
Patterson will host a family-oriented bring-your-own-everything event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Park Street Park. There will be volleyball and water slides for kids and a live DJ from 3-7 p.m.
A St. Mary Parish ordinance allows for use and sale of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the parish during the Fourth of July holiday. Use and sale of fireworks are prohibited within the limits of Morgan City, Berwick and Patterson.
In unincorporated St. Mary, fireworks may be used, set off or shot from June 28 to July 4 from the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additional hours of fireworks use will be allowed from 10 p.m. July 4 to 1 a.m. July 5. Fireworks may be sold at retail from June 28 through July 3 until 10 p.m., from noon to midnight on July 4.
According to parish ordinance, no person shall possess, sell, discharge, or use for any purpose whatsoever any of the following items of commercial fireworks: cherry bombs, tubular salutes; 2-inch American-made salutes, firecrackers with casings the external dimensions of which exceed 1 1/2 inches in length or one-fourth of an inch in diameter, repeating bombs, aerial bombs, torpedoes which exceed three-eighths of an inch in diameter, Roman candles larger than 10 balls and sky rockets larger than 6 ounces.