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July 4th Fireworks: A Popular Family Event

(L-R):  Ronnie Bush-Mattie’s son, Jarred Burrell-great grandson, Mattie Lee Bush, Ian Smith-great grandson and Tracey Leigh Smith-granddaughter Photo by Liz Jackson (L-R): Ronnie Bush-Mattie’s son, Jarred Burrell-great grandson, Mattie Lee Bush, Ian Smith-great grandson and Tracey Leigh Smith-granddaughter Photo by Liz Jackson

Independence Day is always a time for fireworks. As times have changed the fireworks displays have gotten bigger, brighter and louder. Friday evening the crowds began lining the streets, parking lots, courthouse square, front yards, back yards and Madison Park for the Annual July 4th fireworks display in Marianna. There were children of all ages, and adults of all ages as well, getting ready for the festivities. Madison Park was hopping with excitement as the bands played, vendors sold their wares and an area church gave away ice cold water to everyone waiting for the fun to begin.

I had the opportunity to observe many families enjoying the event together. One particular family had around 25 members gathered around to watch the fireworks. The matriarch of this wonderful family was Ms. Mattie Lee Bush. You might think “why is she so special”? Ms. Mattie is a mere 99 years young and still enjoys fireworks on the 4th of July. One might call Ms. Mattie a “FIRECRACKER” herself. She was there with her children, grandchildren and even some of her great grandchildren to enjoy the evening’s festivities. Her family has an annual tradition of enjoying a cook-out at lunch on Independence Day and then venturing out in search of the perfect fireworks display. In years past the family has traveled to Alabama but this year decided to give the Madison Street Park fireworks a try. Everyone enjoyed it so much that they plan on returning for many years to come.

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