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Crowds take in early, comfortable July 4 fireworks

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Pyrotechnics exploded over Civitan Stadium at South Columbus High School during the 36th annual Columbus Fireworks Celebration held June 30, ahead of the July 4th holiday. Additional images are below, and in this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.


     Hotter, and more unstable weather that moved into the Tabor-Loris Community just in time for Independence Day held off for the 36th annual Columbus County Fireworks Celebration held Friday at South Columbus High School.

     A misplaced compact disc containing patriotic music caused a regrettable omission in an otherwise nearly perfect celebration again sponsored by the Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce.

     “For the first time ever patriotic music wasn’t played during the fireworks display,” Cynthia Nelson, the chamber’s Executive Vice President, said in a post celebration statement.

     “That was NOT intentional,” Nelson wrote. “Our sound tech could not find his patriotic CD. Oh yes, he found it as he was loading up afterwards. He was so disappointed.

     “Please know that patriotic music WILL be played again in 2024. We will have a back-up source or two from her on out.

     “Thanks for understanding that such things happen even when preparing as best one can. First time in 36 years, but it was definitely not part of the plan.”

     Look for more of this story, and other images, in this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

Pageant royalty assisted emcee and Tabor City Mayor pro tem Lamont Grate in a series of raffle drawings

A young patriotic director took a turn at the baton for the Columbus Community Band, as a full moon rose above an American flag

Royal Descendants

Veteran introductions

Applause for veterans

Visiting queens strike a pose with emcee Lamont Grate

A starburst view from the football field fence