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4th of July fireworks in Oak Ridge in 2009

Since this blog has started getting search-engine hits from people looking for info about July 4th fireworks, here’s a link to the Oak Ridger story about fireworks this year: Oak Ridger article, July 3, 2009

The city-sponsored fireworks show is Saturday evening at 10 pm at the Melton Lake Marina. Traffic and parking could be a problem — unlike last year, Melton Lake Drive will be open to traffic, but there will be no shuttle bus to offsite parking.

Also, the Oak Ridge Community Band will be holding its traditional 4th of July concert at 7:30 pm in the pavilion behind the Oak Ridge Civic Center in A.K. Bissell Park. However, folks who used to like to go to the concert and stick around to watch the fireworks can’t do that. You’ll have to drive from the Civic Center to the Marina if you want to catch both shows.

I’ll be interested in hearing people’s thoughts on how the show location and other arrangements work out this year. City Council doesn’t make these decisions, but we can communicate public concerns to the staff.

Update on July 4: The fireworks show was impressive. It ran for 29 minutes with any let-up! Traffic seemed to flow pretty smoothly afterwards. How was it for you?



  1. Ray Kircher says:

    I enjoyed the show. Not much to say about it, but vendors should have been allowed? I have seen many shows, and The OakRidger written it right, “First Come, First Served.” Next year the ORCVB should think about holding this event at the ball parks and the CSC in Scarboro.

  2. Ellen Smith says:

    What types of vendors do you have in mind, and where would you put them? (I wasn’t aware that this was an issue.)

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