Annual Rotary fireworks display set for July 3


The Rotary Club of Perryville will be coordinating the fireworks display in the Perryville City Park Sunday evening, July 3.
The display is possible because of the generous donations made by businesses, organizations and individuals year after year.
“The event this year should be spectacular because of first time funding assistance from the City of Perryville and the County,” said Beth Guth, one of the members of the Rotary Fireworks Committee. “This will be the biggest display that’s ever been in Perryville. The community will enjoy a fantastic event.”
The day of the celebration is usually July 3 or July 4, depending on how the holiday falls, and dependent upon the availability of the company shooting the show.
The cost has risen over the years as has everything else. Last year’s show went from $7,000 the previous year to $8,000.

“We’re very excited to have booked a $14,000 show for this year because of first time assistance from the city of Perryville and Perry County,” Guth said. “We are using Gladiator Pyro for the first time, on the recommendation of the County.
They are a Missouri based fireworks company, based in Poplar Bluff.
Music by JRDigital Sound will begin at 7 p.m. from the Perry Park Center. Missouri Kettle Corn will be on hand to sell their award-winning kettle corn. The American Legion Honor Guard will precede the fireworks, which are scheduled to begin at approximately 9 p.m. A rainout date for the fireworks display will take place Friday, July 8.
The Rotary Club of Perryville has been involved with planning the annual fireworks show for more than 20 years, Guth noted. “The Jaycees were also very instrumental in the early years, until the Perryville Jaycees disbanded,” she said. “It is always scheduled around Independence Day.”
Spectators can parking anywhere around the Perry Park Center and surrounding streets and parking areas at City Park.