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The rockets' red glare
Where to find fireworks and other Independence day weekend stuff
The Zac Brown Band performs Monday at Fort Stewart

Members of the Equinox Jazz Orchestra will be on River Street Monday, after their show at the Savannah Theatre, to provide the patriotic soundtrack to the city's over-the-river fireworks.

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You can expect to find the whole River Street/Rousakis Plaza stretch in full celebratory mode all weekend long, with live music, arts and crafts, games for kids and assorted Independence Day ephemera.

It's called The Great American Weekend, and the capper is the Monday-night pyrotechnical display; festivities begin with Equinox at 8 p.m. See

Elsewhere on the Indy Day front:

@ Hunter Army Airfield: Saturday (July 2) is the "Worth Fighting For" family day celebration, which is open to the public. Things (games, rides, music, the whole deal) get started at 4 p.m., and there'll be fireworks in the sky around 9:30.

@ "Richmond Hill Salutes the Red, White & Blue" begins at 5 p.m. Saturday in J.F. Gregory Park. Formerly the annual fundraiser for the Richmond Hill Recreation Association, this one is city-sponsored and features the Paris Luna Band, followed by a fireworks display.

@ In Armstrong Atlantic State University's Fine Art Auditorium, the Savannah Winds Patriotic Concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday. This show sold out on July 1. Call (912) 344-2556.

@ Tybee Island: Finding a place to park might be tricky, but the Fireworks on the Pier display is always a big bang of a nighttime show. Expect the first blast around 9:15 p.m. Sunday.

@ Fort Stewart: The Zac Brown Band and American Idol winner Fantasia (Barrino) perform on Donovan Field at the close of Monday's Independence Day festivities. The 6 p.m. concert (yes, it's open to non-military) is free; fireworks to follow!

@ Here's a family-styled event we thought you might want to know about. At 9 a.m. Monday, the Railroad Museum (601 W. Harris St.) kicks off a July 4th celebration that includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a primer on the 1779 Battle of Savannah and more. The event continues through 5 p.m. (regular admission). For details, go to, or call (912) 651-6840.

@ Some folks on the coast here get a thrill from the pyrotechnical show up Hilton Head Island way - yes, Shelter Cove (at the Palmetto Dunes Resort) does a regular fireworks show every Tuesday night. This year, it's been switched to Monday, the real, actual Fourth of July.