Fireworks light Suffolk skyPublished 12:11am Saturday, July 19, 2014
Organizers were expecting a “July 4 crowd” for the long-awaited July 4 fireworks — that turned into July 18 fireworks thanks to Hurricane Arthur — at Constant’s Wharf on Friday.
The city postponed the pyrotechnics after Hurricane Arthur affected the city with wind and rain on the morning of July 4. But most folks were still in the spirit this Friday, coming out dressed in patriotic colors and prepared to see some lights in the sky.
But there was plenty of fun before the sun went down, with SlapNation band providing the entertainment and the National Night Out duck race — recast as a “duck pluck” this year, owing to the fireworks barge blocking the river — during the band’s first break.
Duck pluck tickets were snapped up early in the evening, and a young volunteer plucked the rubber ducks — with red, white and blue Uncle Sam hats — with a net.
Duck No. 109 won the big prize. Thomas Graham won the big prize, which included a bag toss game and a basket full of goodies.
Plenty of people also stopped by the National Night Out tent to find out about the Aug. 5 crime-fighting event, which will take place at dozens of communities throughout the city. The event committee handed out lollipops and encouraged kids not to be “suckers” and get sucked into the world of gangs.
See more photos from the event on the Suffolk News-Herald’s Facebook page.