Marianna, Florida - July 5, 2011 -
Hundreds gathered in Marianna Monday night for the first fireworks show there in five years, and local leaders decided to do something different for the return of the big display.
This year is the first time ever that organizers have held the fireworks show downtown. The fireworks, themselves, arrived around 6:30 p.m. But by that time, people were already setting up their blankets and chairs at Madison Street Park. As the sun set, everyone broke out the sparklers as they waited for the show to start.
News Channel 7 caught up with a soldier who's visiting family here in Marianna and this holiday hit close to home for him.
"The 4th of July definitely represents a time for everybody to spend time together. It's always been a great holiday for people, fireworks, the kids. But it also represents, our freedom. It represents the history of the United States, so it represents a lot for me," said Army Private First Class Soldier Matthew White.
If you've ever wondered how the fireworks are set off in these shows, all it takes nowadays is a remote control about twice the size of a cell phone.
The price tag of Marianna's fireworks show was about $15,000.