Anniston to host New Year's Eve fireworks show at McClellan
by Madasyn Czebiniak
mczebiniak@annistonstar.com
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To help ring in 2014, the city of Anniston will host a free fireworks display Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the McClellan Duck Pond Park.

Angie Shockley, program director for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said attendees are free to park at both the soccer and baseball complexes at McClellan, and for those worried about after-show traffic there will be an electrician at the light on Summerall Gate Road and police officers on McClellan Boulevard.

“We’ll start right at 7 p.m., so people need to arrive a little early to find a good place to park,” Shockley said Monday afternoon. “It will probably be a 20-minute show.”

Shockley said Monday that Mayor Vaughn Stewart approached her in October about the event.

“Everyone does fireworks on the fourth of July. Nobody around here does them on New Year’s Eve,” she said.

Shockley, who has framed pictures of past fireworks shows in her office, said fireworks look more vibrant in the winter season because the sky is darker. Even better, because the show is early enough in the evening, people will still be able to go out to dinner or go to parties, she said.

“This just adds something for families to do together because everyone loves fireworks,” she said.

For those not attending, Shockley advised that from 6:45 p.m. until the end of the show, parts of Exchange Avenue and Berman Road will be blocked.

“If you’re coming around the bypass you’re going to have to detour around McClellan,” she said.

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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