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County gives $1K to fireworks show
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Celebrating the Fourth

Rincon’s Let Freedom Ring celebration will be held Friday in Lowe’s parking lot starting at 5 p.m. The annual parade starts Saturday at 10 a.m.

Springfield’s fireworks will be Saturday night at Effingham County High School.

Springfield’s annual fireworks show is getting a little help from the county.

Effingham County commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday night to provide $1,000 toward the city’s display, which will be held Saturday night at Effingham County High School.

Commissioner Steve Mason, who cast the dissenting vote, wanted the county to donate $2,000 toward the cause.

"It’s a big show, there’s no doubt," Mason said. "I want to do something. A lot of residents enjoy it."

The city is seeking donations and support to defray the cost of the fireworks show, which is approximately $17,000. The city won a $10,000 grant from Liberty Mutual for 2010 and 2011 to help pay for its 4th of July fireworks display.

But the grant program is not being conducted this year.

"It’s a great event," said Commissioner Vera Jones, "and Springfield is bearing the brunt of it."

Where in the county budget the money will come from for the donation was another matter for the commissioners, as they debated pulling it from either the commissioners’ own budget or from the recreation department.

"I think it is a worthwhile thing to do," said county finance director Joanna Wright.

Falcon Fireworks, an Effingham County outfit, stages the show. The fireworks show will begin shortly after dark Saturday.

The fireworks cap a busy 24 hours in Effingham for the Independence Day celebration. Rincon holds its annual "Let Freedom Ring" celebration the Lowe’s parking lot today from 5-10 p.m. The city’s annual parade will begin Saturday at 10 a.m.

Highway 21 between 4th and 9th streets in Rincon will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and will remain closed until noon.

The Rincon Police Department will be handling the traffic control and directional information to ensure the safety of the traveling public. Detour routes should be utilized.

Temperatures for the parade will be in the mid to upper 80s, with heat indices reaching 100 degrees. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s at 9 p.m. Saturday.