Locals pack Heritage Park for annual Cullman Fireworks Festival

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Family and friends from all over the community made their way to Heritage Park Thursday for this year's Cullman Fireworks Festival. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – This year’s Cullman Fireworks Festival is in the books and things got underway at Heritage Park at 5 p.m. when families poured on to the soccer fields to enjoy inflatables, give-aways, food vendors, competitions and more before the light show began. This is the eighth year that Desperation Church has helped organize the event and Pastor Andy Heis was excited see another crowd come to the park to join them for this year’s festivities.

“We’ve got inflatables for all the kid to jump on and we’ve got some things we’re going to be giving away tonight. We’ve got Alabama and Auburn Iron Bowl tickets we’re going to give away, we’ve got food trucks here like Steel City Pops and all kinds of stuff going on before the fireworks tonight,” Heis said. “We’ll have all kinds of competitions once people really start getting here and piling up. We’ll have people doing some dance competitions and signing competitions and we’ll have a lot of fun with it.”

Heis says he thinks the fireworks show itself has improved over the years but has seen a consistent turnout from the community every year.

“You know I feel like the fireworks have really gotten a bit better but when it comes to size of the crowds and the people coming, I think has been about the same every year,” Heis said. “It’s just a great environment and it’s fun to watch families come together and really watch the whole community come together to watch fire in the sky and celebrate our country. I think it’s always really come to see everyone unified, it’s awesome.”

The event is free to attend thanks in large part to sponsors like Nelson, Bryan and Cross Law Firm, Ashley Mercantile and Metal Central and Heis is excited to see as many folks as possible make their way to the celebration each year. Heis is always happy to hear about people who can enjoy the show from their homes as well.

“We always want to do as much as possible for free. We like seeing families together, having fun with kids and enjoying something together. We love the community coming together to hang out, and the more the merrier,” Heis smiled. “There’s a lot of people that can just watch from their front porch. It’s so big that I have people tell me all the time that they’re sitting way off somewhere and watching them on their porch, so I always think that’s really cool.”

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