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Summer's Last Hurrah: Hazelwood Offers an Explosively Entertaining Evening on Sept. 22

Not only will residents be treated to the city's summer concert finale, but they'll also get to see the rescheduled July 4th fireworks show--and it's all free and open to the public.

While Hazelwood students have been back in school for nearly a month, it’s still summer for a bit longer. The is ready to celebrate with a special treat to help residents and their guests to finish out the season in style.

The city will host its summer concert finale featuring Super Jam’s “Tribute to the 70s & 80s” at on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event has been moved there from .

"Afterward, the city plans to put on one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the North County area," said Tim Davidson, communications coordinator for the City of Hazelwood. "A total of 1,700 shells will be launched and exploded in the air in syncopation to some patriotic music for approximately 20 minutes."

That means that following the concert finale, residents and guests will be treated to the pyro-musical fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.

“The severe drought conditions in our area have improved with the recent rain we’ve been getting the last couple of weeks, including that of Hurricane Isaac,” said Doug Littlefield, Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Division supervisor.  “The grass and foliage around the park is much greener and less dry than they were around the Fourth of July, making it safer to shoot fireworks for residents and surrounding properties.”

The City of Hazelwood is following the example of many other municipalities that rescheduled their fireworks displays after being forced to cancel them in July, Littlefield said.

“We felt now was the perfect time for us to do it because of the mild temperatures and the improved drought conditions which greatly reduce the potential problem of drifting fallout from the exploding rockets,” he said. “It’s better to schedule it now before it gets too cold for people to sit outside and watch them.”

Event Details You Need to Know

Admission for both events is free and open to the public.  Audience members can bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments, but no glass containers are allowed. 

As with past Fourth of July events, Boy Scout Troop 739* will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, soda, water, pretzels, sno-cones and candy at the park to help raise money for the organization.  Thomas Gately will be selling freshly made kettle corn onsite. 

Off-site parking will be available at Howdershell Park, 6800 Howdershell Road, with shuttle bus service between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The buses will be making pick-ups every 15 minutes.

*Editor's Note: We originally reported that troop 730 would be selling concessions at the event, but thanks to a heads up from reader Sherry Seebeck Miller, we've corrected it to read troop 739.

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